*Alicia Keys is the latest headliner announced for the 2010 Essence Music Festival set for this July 2, 3 and 4 in New Orleans.

The three-time Essence Music Festival performer joins a line-up that includes official spokesperson Mary J. Blige, along with Earth, Wind and Fire, Gladys Knight, Keri Hilson, Jill Scott, Raphael Saadiq, Charlie Wilson, De La Soul, Chrisette Michele, Joe, Laura Izibor and Melanie Fiona.

Other acts added to the annual weekend-long celebration of music, culture and community include Arrested Development, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, DJ Soul Sister, Estelle, Hot 8 Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Irvin Mayfield and NOJO, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Lalah Hathaway, Leo Jackson and the Melody Clouds, Little Freddie King, LL Cool J, Mary Mary, Mint Condition, Monica, Rebirth Brass Band, Sam & Ruby, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Trey Songz and WAR.

For additional information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the Essence Music Festival, visit www.essence.com/festival.