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Dion confirms British tour dates
Celine Dion at the 2007 Oscars
Celine Dion has spent the past five years in Las Vegas
Singer Celine Dion is to play two UK concerts following the end of her five-year residency in Las Vegas.

The Canadian star will perform at the Manchester Evening News Arena on 2 May, and London's O2 arena on 6 May.

Dion's shows form part of a world tour which will begin in Johannesburg on 14 February, with a benefit concert for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

Her Caesars Palace residency, which has seen her play to three million people, ends on 15 December.

The shows also follow next month's release of her first English-language album in more than three years, Taking Chances.

"These past five years of performing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas has been an incredibly rewarding experience for myself and my family, but I'm ready to hit the road again, with my husband and son by my side," the 39-year-old said.

"We released a new French album several months ago, and a new English one on the way, so it's going to be exciting to perform these new songs with a brand new show, especially in front of the big audiences in stadiums and arenas."

Dion went on: "We always enjoyed touring Europe - the fans are so passionate. I'm looking forward to visiting cities that we've toured in before, as well as performing in places that we've never been to."

Tickets for the London and Manchester shows go on sale on 16 November.

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