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The Weeknd announces concert at the Sprint Center this fall

Pop star The Weeknd announced late Tuesday night that he will be coming to Kansas City on September 26 as part of his Starboy: Legends of the Fall tour. Hip hop artists Gucci Mane and Nav will join him.
Pop star The Weeknd announced late Tuesday night that he will be coming to Kansas City on September 26 as part of his Starboy: Legends of the Fall tour. Hip hop artists Gucci Mane and Nav will join him. The Kansas City Star

Pop star The Weeknd has announced he will bring the second phase of his Starboy: Legends of the Fall international tour to Kansas City on Sept. 26. Hip-hop A-lister Gucci Mane and newbie hip-hop and R&B artist Nav will join.

The announcement came late Monday night via Twitter.

Tuesday morning, Sprint Center made it official, saying the show will be on Sept. 26. Tickets go on sale at noon Friday at livenation.com.

Though on his sixth headlining tour, this will be The Weeknd’s first visit to Kansas City.

The 27-year-old Canadian singer, born Abel Tesfaye, first came onto many fans’ radar in 2011 with the release of his debut mixtape, “House of Balloons.” The R&B project, with its heavy indie and electronic influences and departure from traditional R&B soundscapes and tropes, has led many critics to credit The Weeknd with ushering in the “alternative R&B” genre.

The Starboy tour is in support of The Weeknd’s third solo album, “Starboy,” released in 2016. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has been supported by singles like “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming.”

The Weeknd released his debut album, “Kiss Land,” in 2013 and received international notoriety with the release of his second album, “Beauty Behind the Madness” in 2015. Madness became The Weeknd’s first No. 1 album, went triple platinum and saw him become the first artist ever to simultaneously hold the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart (with “Earned It,” “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face”). The album also won The Weeknd two Grammy Awards, for best urban contemporary album and best R&B performance.

Per The Weeknd’s twitter account, joining him on his KC tour stop is veteran hip-hop artist Gucci Mane and newcomer Nav (the Sprint Center has yet to confirm either accompanying artist). This will be Gucci Mane’s second trip to Kansas City in 2017 after he headlines the Flyover Festival in Bonner Springs in July. The prolific journeyman artist, known for having released dozens of mixtapes over his career, scored his first No. 1 single last summer with “Black Beatles,” a collaboration with rap group Rae Sremmurd (also coming to Flyover Festival).

Nav, a hip-hop artist, producer and The Weeknd’s XO and Republic Records label mate, entered the national cognizance earlier this year with “Beibs in the Trap,” a gold-certified collaboration with rapper Travis Scott off Scott’s No. 1 album “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.”

Aaron Randle: 816-234-4060, @aaronronel

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