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Madonna announces summer dates

Madonna opened her show astride a throne, singing Candy Shop

Madonna has confirmed she is to restart her Sticky and Sweet tour and play new dates in Europe this summer.

The singer's website said the star was "looking forward to an amazing summer in Europe, hitting the cities she didn't get a chance to in 2008".

Madonna concluded the South American leg of her world tour in Sao Paulo on 21 December after beginning in Cardiff in August.

Details of the new dates will be revealed in the coming week.

Sticky and Sweet is already the biggest-selling tour by a solo artist - taking $281.6m (193m) worldwide, according to music trade publication Pollstar.

It leans heavily on the star's most recent album, Hard Candy, with her back catalogue represented by songs such as Borderline, Like A Prayer and Ray Of Light.

The lavish show features a Ukrainian gypsy band, a vintage racing car and a "virtual" duet with Justin Timberlake.

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