This week in music: Pink, Rihanna concert tours hit Twin Cities


Two Grammy-winning hitmakers are among the acts coming to Minnesota concert stages in the next week.

Pink is set to bring her stage show -- high-flying acrobatics included -- to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Tuesday. Her concert tour is the first she's done in North America for four years -- this time in support of her new album, "The Truth About Love."

The Dallas News raved about Pink's tour stop in Dallas Feb. 22, calling her an "awesome performer" and saying the concert "mixed spectacle with intimacy, naughtiness with kiss-off humor and sophisticated acrobatics with seductive dancing."

Pink got the same amount of love three days later from the Orlando Sentinel, which called her show "visually dazzling," noting, that the performer "takes a back-seat to no one when it comes to mixing song and spectacle."

See a video preview of Pink's concert tour below.

Former "Nashville Star" winner Chris Young will play at Jackpot Junction in Morton on Friday.

Digital Journal reviewed the country singer's Feb. 17 in Long Island, N.Y., saying it was "filled with high energy and excitement" and that Young "proved that he is one of country's most underrated talents and finest male vocalists."

Another country star, Easton Corbin, is set to play Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Onamia Saturday.

Barring any more show cancellations due to illness, singer Rihanna is scheduled to play the Xcel Energy Center Sunday as part of her "Diamonds" World Tour.

MassLive said in its review of the singer's Hartford, Conn., show last week that the singer -- who suffered a bout of laryngitis and the flu earlier this month -- was "fully recovered and ready to rock, rap, and inject a little reggae into concert halls across the globe."

The site noted a slight rasp in Rihanna's voice but it hardly impeded the show, and that the singer "seemed genuinely thrilled to be on stage."

See Rihanna's video for her hit "Diamonds" below.

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