Madonna to kick off concert tour in August
MADONNA on Monday announced concerts across North America and Europe to support her new album, her first extensive shows since a high-grossing and controversy-filled global tour in 2012.
The pop superstar will start a 35-date tour to accompany her Rebel Heart album on Aug 29 in Miami, with concerts across North America as well as a show in Puerto Rico before she heads to Europe in November.
Madonna's last scheduled concert is on Dec 20 in Glasgow, but a statement from concert promoters said that she would soon announce additional dates in Asia and Australia.
If they go ahead, the concerts in Australia would be her first in more than two decades. She cancelled dates in Australia in 2012 as part of her MDNA tour.
The MDNA tour - in which she played 88 shows across North America, Europe and Asia, as well as Latin America - grossed more than US$300 million (S$400 million).
It also generated frequent controversy, with the Material Girl using the platform to raise her voice on issues from gun control to gay rights and Europe's far right.
The announcement of the latest tour comes as the 56-year-old prepares for the March 9 release of her 13th studio album, in which her music moves increasingly in a hip-hop direction.
She abruptly released six songs from the album in December, after early versions leaked online in what the singer described as "artistic rape" in comments on Instagram that she later deleted.
The pop star gave what may be a preview of her new tour at the Grammy Awards last month, where she dressed in a revealing red outfit reminiscent of a matador's as dancers pranced about wearing bulls' horns.
More recently, Madonna was in the spotlight after she fell at the Brit Awards and said she suffered whiplash. She blamed the fall on her extravagant Armani cape.