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Top 5 International Superstars at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena in 2016

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Published January 10th 2016
Music greats on stage at city centre venue
Mariah Carey March 20th

Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, Mariah Carey, Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour,

After a residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas global superstar Mariah Carey is back on the road for her first European tour in 13 years.

Her Sweet Sweet Fantasy shows will feature a selection of her biggest hits, including Hero, Fantasy, Always Be My Baby and We Belong Together.

She has sold over 220 million records since her debut in 1990, with 17 of her 18 American hits being self-penned songs.

Known for her five octave vocal range, Mariah has received multiple Grammy awards, 21 American Music awards, Billboard's 'Artist of the Decade' award, the World Music award for 'World's Best Selling Female Artist Of The Millennium' and BMI's 'Icon Award' for her achievements in songwriting.

She has also moved into movies, starring in Precious (2009) and Lee Daniel's The Butler (2013). Just before Christmas her directorial debut, A Christmas Melody, a special festive feature for Hallmark in which she also stars, aired on television in the States.

Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour tickets are priced at 79.45, 68.20 and 51.33 plus fees.

Janet Jackson March 30th

Birmingham Barclaycard Arena,Janet Jackson, Unbreakable

Janet Jackson begins the UK leg of her Unbreakable world tour at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena.

The tour, showcasing Unbreakable, her first studio album in seven years, began in North America on August 31st last year.

The album's first single, No Sleeep, was number one on Billboard's Adult R&B chart for over six weeks, breaking Janet's previous record on the chart, I Get Lonely, which was top for five consecutive weeks in 1998.

The Unbreakable album sees Janet teaming up again with producers/songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. It was released on the 30th anniversary of their groundbreaking collaboration on Janet's Control album.

The younger sister of Michael Jackson has sold over 160 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Tickets are 85.05, 73.83, 62.58 and 40.08 plus fees.

Lionel Richie July 7th

Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, Lionel Richie, All The Hits

If it's top tunes you want, this is the show to see. Lionel Richie's 2016 UK tour is dubbed All The Hits so expect to sing along to the likes of Hello, Easy, Dancing on the Ceiling, Say You Say Me and All Night Long.The setlist includes material from The Commodores through to the present day.

The last 12 months have been phenomenal for Lionel Richie he toured the UK, had a chart-topping album, was presented with a GQ Award and made a memorable appearance at Glastonbury where he drew a crowd of 100,000 to the Pyramid Stage.

His album, The Definitive Collection, topped the UK album charts, the first time Lionel has done so in 23 years. Lionel went on to receive British GQ's Icon Award, adding to a celebrated career which includes four Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

Having sold over 100 million albums worldwide the singer shows no signs of slowing down.

He says: "The reception in the UK is always so fantastic and the shows are more like a party. See you next summer."

Tickets are 79.45, 62.58 and 45.70 plus fees.

Elvis September 3rd

Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, Elvis, Ben Portsmouth

Not the real Elvis, of course, this is Ben Portsmouth -The World's Number One Elvis Tribute Artist.

Together with the TCE Band, Berkshire-born Ben plans to rock Birmingham on September 3.

Ben's father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent he started his journey as an Elvis tribute artist in 2005 when he formed the 'Taking Care of Elvis' band.

He looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis and had an on-stage charisma that had audiences believing at times that they were watching The King himself.

In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises' Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest in Memphis, the only artist from outside the USA to win this prestigious title.

Tickets are 42.33, 33.33 and 28.83 plus fees.

Justin Bieber October 17th & 18th (plus October 24th at the Genting Arena)

Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, Justin Bieber

Bieber Fever shows no signs of subsiding. The hype around the Canadian's new music has hit an all-time high.

His chart-topping Purpose album is shattering records everywhere, including having 17 songs in the American Hot 100 in one week (beating previous records held by The Beatles and Drake) and a new Spotify record for global streaming with over 200 million album streams in its first week.

The album has been number one in over 100 countries and Justin's 64-city North American tour was a sell-out across the US and Canada.

Tickets are 135.70, 73.83, 68.20, 62.58 and 56.95 plus fees.

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Why? The world's top superstars on our doorstep during 2016.
When: March 20 (Mariah Carey), March 30 (Janet Jackson), July 7 (Lionel Richie), September 3 (Elvis Tribute), October 17 & 18 (Justin Bieber)
Phone: 0844 338 8000
Where: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Cost: Various
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