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Houston announces UK tour dates

Whitney Houston
Houston is due to appear on ITV1's The X Factor on Sunday night

Whitney Houston will kick off a European tour with five dates in the UK next year.

The singer, 46, whose comeback album I Look To You is released in the UK on 19 October, will start the tour in Manchester on Thursday 8 April.

She will also play in Glasgow, Birmingham and Newcastle before finishing the UK dates at London's O2 arena on 25 April.

Tickets for the dates will go on sale on Friday morning.

Houston is due to give her first UK TV performance in 12 years on Sunday night on ITV1's The X Factor.

I Look To You - her first studio album since 2002 - was a US number one following its release there in September.

Last month, Houston told chat show host Oprah Winfrey she was now drug-free but faced a daily struggle to stay clean.

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