April 3, 2006

Madonnna to turn “world into one big dance floor”

LONDON (Reuters) - Pop singer Madonna announced the dates
of her new "Confession's Tour" on Monday - and promised to turn
the world into one big dance floor.

The world tour begins in Los Angeles on May 21 and will
include performances across North America, Japan, Britain and
continental Europe.

"I'm going to turn the world into one big dance floor,"
Madonna, 47, said on her Web site.

The world tour will be the star's first since the
"Re-Invention Tour" in 2004 which was the most successful tour
of any artist in that year, according to Billboard.

Madonna, who has enjoyed 12 number one singles in the UK,
has already begun rehearsals in the United States with her
troupe of musicians and dancers.

Jean Paul Gaultier will design costumes for the tour, which
will be directed by long-time Madonna collaborator Jamie King
and feature Stuart Price as musical director.

In Britain the tour includes two shows at London's Wembley
Arena in August and one in Cardiff.

Other European tour dates include Paris, Amsterdam, Rome,
Duesseldorf, Hanover and Horsens in Denmark.

In North America Madonna will perform in San Jose, Fresno,
Phoenix, Chicago, Montreal, Hartford, New York, Boston,
Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Miami and Los Angeles.

Tickets for the U.K. performances, which range from 80 to
160 pounds, go on sale on Friday for the Wembley Arena
performances on August 1 and 3, and a fortnight later for
Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, where the singer plays on July

Madonna's most recent album, "Confessions On A Dance
Floor," has been greeted with critical acclaim. Her latest
single "Sorry" debuted at No 1 in the UK Top 10 singles charts
in February.

Madonna's UK Dates:

July 30 - Cardiff, Millennium Stadium

August 1 - London, Wembley Arena

August 3 - London, Wembley Arena