Britney Spears opens 'Circus' tour March 3

Pussycat Dolls to join singer's first arena run in five years

NEW YORK -- Britney Spears will embark on her first arena tour in five years next spring. The "Circus Starring Britney Spears" jaunt begins March 3 in New Orleans, with support from the Pussycat Dolls.

Spears will start rehearsals next month with longtime choreographer Wade Robson. In addition to the North American dates, which run through April 28 in Chicago, Spears will play London's O2 Arena on June 3-4.

The artist's new album, "Circus," was released Tuesday on Jive Records. Its first single, "Womanizer," has set a record for biggest jump to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after rocketing from No. 96.

Here are Spears' tour dates:

March 3: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)
March 5: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
March 7: Miami (American Airlines Arena)
March 8: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
March 11: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
March 13: Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)
March 16: Boston (TD Banknorth Garden)
March 18: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
March 20: Montreal (Bell Centre)
March 24: Washington (Verizon Center)
March 26: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun)
March 27: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
March 30: Houston (Toyota Center)
March 31: Dallas (American Airlines Center)
April 2: Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)
April 3: Minneapolis (Target Center)
April 6: Edmonton (Rexall Place)
April 8: Vancouver (GM Place)
April 9: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacomadome)
April 11: Sacramento, Calif. (Arco Arena)
April 12: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion)
April 14: Salt Lake City (Energy Solutions Arena)
April 16: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
April 19: Anaheim (Honda Center)
April 24: Glendale, Ariz. (Jobing.com Arena)
April 25: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden)
April 28: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
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