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christina aguilera

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 today (May 10). 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 cardmembers 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.

Here are Christina Aguilera's North American tour dates:

July 15: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
July 17: Darien Center, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
July 18: Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
July 20: Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
July 22: Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
July 24: Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
July 25: Chicago, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
July 28: Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
July 30: Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
July 31: Boston, MA (Comcast Center)
Aug. 3: Pittsburgh, PA (First Niagara Pavilion)
Aug. 5: Atlanta, GA (Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood)
Aug. 7: West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
Aug. 8: Tampa, FL (Ford Amphitheatre)
Aug. 10: Dallas, TX (Superpages.com Center)
Aug. 12: Houston, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug. 14: Phoenix, AZ (US Airways Center)
Aug. 15: San Diego, CA (Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre)
Aug. 18: Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View)
Aug. 19: Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)

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