EAST RUTHERFORD — Rapper Ludacris will kick off the inaugural concert series planned for the American Dream complex at the Meadowlands, in a new partnership the megamall announced with promoter Live Nation on Wednesday.

Specific terms of the agreement were not immediately available, except for American Dream to say it would be a "multi-year" collaboration.

Ludacris, the stage name of actor Christopher Bridges, will perform May 7.

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Other acts currently scheduled to perform are rapper J.I., on June 17; DJs and producers Two Friends, June 18; rapper Lil Tjay, July 22; rapper Shek Wes, Aug. 13; and Japanese rockers Band-Maid, Oct. 30, with a release from American Dream saying more would be added.

Also part of the announced lineup will be Barbercon, which Live Nation said is the "premier global festival of the barbering community," at "The Rink" on July 17.

Previously, American Dream hosted what it called the "Amusement Park Takeover" series, which featured DJs such as Tiësto, Steve Aoki, and "Jersey Shore"'s Pauly D.

Tickets for the Live Nation Concert Series at American Dream go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com.

Barbercon tickets can be purchased at Barbercon.com.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at patrick.lavery@townsquaremedia.com

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