Madonna announces summer tour

Sticky and Sweet tour kicks off in August in Wales

NASHVILLE -- Madonna is set to embark on a world tour beginning Aug. 23 in Cardiff, Wales, with dates through the end of the year. Billed as the Sticky and Sweet tour, the trek will span three continents and include 50-60 shows.

Produced globally by Live Nation, Madonna's tour in support of her current chart-topping Warner Bros. release "Hard Candy" -- which debuted atop the Billboard 200 this week -- will play stadiums in the U.K. and Europe until the end of September, arenas and a "handful" of stadiums in 16 markets in North America in October and November, and then stadiums in Mexico and South America late November-December. Only the European and North American dates were announced Thursday.

"I'm thrilled to be involved in another worldwide Madonna extravaganza," said Arthur Fogel, chairman of global music for Live Nation. Fogel has helmed Madonna's last three world tours, which grossed almost $400 million combined. Her 2006 Confessions tour is, at $194 million, the top-grossing tour ever by a female artist.

The upcoming tour is the first major manifestation of the multifaceted 10-year deal between Madonna and Live Nation, valued in published reports at $120 million.

"The reality is she's delivered her last album to Warner Bros., and it's a smash, which is great for everybody," Fogel said. "We now have a tremendous opportunity with a tremendous artist to do all kinds of new and innovative things on many different levels, and this tour will be the start of that rollout."

The tour follows a familiar Madonna touring blueprint in that it visits a limited number of markets in a four-month time frame, with multinight stands in major cities. Ticket on-sale details will be announced soon, along with a presale through Live Nation's corporate sponsorship partner Citi. Fogel says ticket prices will be "basically the same as they've been the past two tours," which means primarily in the $55-$350 range.

Here are the dates for Madonna's Sticky and Sweet tour:

Aug. 23: Cardiff, Wales (Millennium Stadium)
Aug. 26: Nice, France (Stade Charles Ehrmann)
Aug. 28: Berlin (Olympic Stadium)
Sept. 2: Amsterdam (Amsterdam Arena)
Sept. 4: Dusseldorf, Germany (LTU Arena)
Sept. 6: Rome (Olympic Stadium)
Sept. 9: Frankfurt, Germany; Commerzbank Arena
Sept. 11: London (Wembley Stadium)
Sept. 20: Paris (Stade de France)
Oct. 3: E. Rutherford, N.J. (Izod Center)
Oct. 6: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Oct. 7: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Oct. 15: Boston (TD BankNorth Garden)
Oct. 18: Toronto (Air Canada Center)
Oct. 22: Montreal (Bell Center)
Oct. 26: Chicago (United Center)
Oct. 30: Vancouver (BC Place Stadium)
Nov. 1: Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
Nov. 4: San Diego (Petco Park)
Nov. 6: Los Angeles (Dodger Stadium)
Nov. 8: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
Nov. 11: Denver (Pepsi Center)
Nov. 16: Houston (Minute Maid Park)
Nov. 19: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Nov. 22: Atlantic City, N.J. (Boardwalk Hall)
Nov. 24: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
Nov. 26: Miami (Dolphin Stadium)
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