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    Nick Lachey's Solo Outing

    Just two weeks after the courts officially uncoupled him from Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey is ready to hit the road.

    The former boy bander on Monday announced plans to embark on his first solo tour, kicking off Sept. 20 in Albany, New York, and will make stops in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

    The trek, in support of Lachey's second solo album, What's Left of Me, will hit 26 cities in North America, according to Jive Records. The road show will play smaller theaters to keep the performances intimate and, presumably, the throngs of teenage girls satisfied.

    Not that he would likely have trouble filling larger venues.

    While Lachey's debut album, 2003's SoulO, was inarguably a clunker, topping out at number 51 on the Billboard 200 pop chart, his sophomore release has been an unqualified hit.

    What's Left of Me, released in early May, debuted on the charts at number two, selling 172,000 copies its first week out; the title has been in play on several Billboard charts, peaking at number five on both the Pop 100 and Top 40.

    The album sales were not only a personal best for the former 98 Degrees stalwart, but the sales also bested Simpson's single-week record of 160,000 copies for In This Skin.

    No word on whether Lachey will stick simply to songs from his most recent album or whether he'll include SoulO cuts on the set list--despite the latter's lagging sales, it did feature a couple catchy ditties, among them "Shut Up" and "This I Swear," the theme song from the ex-couple's now-defunct reality show, Newlyweds.

    But while Lachey will be hitting the road as a solo act professionally speaking, personally, he looks to be getting some support.

    MTV's TRL veejay, "What's Left of Me" costar and reputed Lachey love interest Vanessa Minnillo told gossip blogger Perez Hilton last week that the camera-ready twosome would maintain their newfound coupledom on the road.

    "There are certain sacrifices that we make," she told the Website. "I'll travel with him on tour. He'll come visit me. We see each other as often as we can. We're gonna make it work."

    The disc's second single, "I Can't Hate You Anymore," is due out July 24.

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