Nine time Grammy Award winner and five time American Music Award winner Mary J Blige has announced a joint headline tour with Maxwell, the King and Queen of Hearts World Tour.

The tour is due to come to the UK at the end of October 2016.

Mary J Blige, who has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, commented about Maxwell, “Maxwell’s music is amazingly soulful and calm with a colourful tone that speaks to the hearts of women. His music makes them feel loved and I’m excited to get on the road with him.”.

Maxwell was equally complimentary about Mary J Blige, description here as the epitomy of soul.  “She embodies all that is woman and speaks for the everyday struggle and triumphs of all women. I can’t wait to get on the road with her” he added.

Mary J Blige is set to release her new album later this year.  Maxwell’s blackSUMMERS’night was released on 1 July, and is being talked of as one of the most acclaimed albums of 2016. This is the two-time Grammy winner’s first European tour in seven years.

The full tour listing:

28 October   –   London, The O2

29 October   –   Birmingham, Gentine Arena

30 October   –   Manchester, Manchester Arena

Tickets for Mary J Blige and Maxwell performing at Manchester Arena on 30 October 2016 go on sale at 9am on Friday 22 July.