Christina Aguilera announces 'Bionic' tour

North American trek begins July 15; Leona Lewis joins

NEW YORK -- Christina Aguilera will return to the stage this summer, when she kicks off a 20-date North American outing on July 15, tour producer Live Nation announced Monday.

Leona Lewis, the British pop singer, will also appear on the dates.

Aguilera's latest album, "Bionic," her first since 2006' "Back to Basics," is due in stores on June 8, and all fans who purchase tickets for the tour before June 4 will receive a download code for a digital copy the album on June 7, the day before its official release.

Tickets for all the dates go on sale to the public beginning May 21 at LiveNation.com, with a presale for Citibank card members starting May 19. Complete ticket and tour information can be found at ChristinaAguilera.com.

Aguilera recently appeared on the "Oprah" show, and has scheduled a number of television appearances -- including live appearances at the MTV Movie Awards and on the Today Show Summer Concert Series -- in conjunction with the album's release.

Recorded in Aguilera's home studio, "Bionic" features collaborations with Sia, Le Tigre, Christopher "Tricky Stewart," Hill & Switch and Ladytron, and a ballad entitled "Lift Me Up" written by Linda Perry, who also penned "Back to Basics" singles "Hurt" and "Candyman" and Aguilera's 2002 hit, "Beautiful."

Aguilera's "Back to Basics" album has sold 1,694,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her 2008-released greatest hits set, "Keeps Getting Better: A Decade of Hits," has sold 338,000.

Aguilera also recently wrapped filming on "Burlesque," which co-stars fellow pop diva Cher and is slated for a fall 2010 release.
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