Salt-N-Pepa Planning Tour, Brand New Album

After a seven-year hiatus from touring, pioneering female rap group Salt-N-Pepa are planning to embark on a tour of Australia and Asia.Cheryl "Salt" James-Wray and Sandra "Pepa" Denton are currently booking dates for the tour, which will also feature the group's DJ, Deidra "Spinderella" Roper.The group will hit the road in late 2009-early 2010, as part of a number of upcoming initiatives, which includes a brand new, untitled album."The main thing about Salt-N- Pepa, is that they are a performing group, which takes pride in their performances and are known as a group that puts on spectacular shows [and] it is strictly about maintaining the brand," group manager Gavin Wray explained to "It is not about the money, we don't necessarily need to do gigs on the regular, we would rather maintain the brand and make the right choices collectively and when the time is right and the group is ready we will hit the stage like we never left. That is one of the main reason's why Salt -N- Pepa's image has been polished and respected as a group on and off the stage for so many years and years to come."Salt-N-Pepa were the first female Hip-Hop group to achieve mainstream success, selling over 20 million records worldwide since their debut in 1985.The group was the subject of their own reality show titled The Salt-N-Pepa show, which aired on VH1 in 2007.