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Madonna will return to St. Paul in July on her first-ever greatest hits tour

Dubbed The Celebration Tour, it’s her first greatest hits outing and coincides with the 40th anniversary of her self-titled debut album.

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Madonna performs at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2015.
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ST. PAUL -- Global pop star Madonna will hit the road this summer, with a July 30 stop booked at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 through Ticketmaster. Citi cardholders have access to a presale that runs from 10 a.m. Jan. 24 through 6 p.m. Jan. 26. Neither the promoter nor the venue announced ticket prices.

Dubbed The Celebration Tour, it’s her first greatest hits outing and coincides with the 40th anniversary of her self-titled debut album.

“I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for,” she said in a news release.

Madonna announced the outing with a video featuring Diplo, Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Lil Wayne, Meg Stalter, Eric Andre, Amy Schumer and Bob the Drag Queen. The latter won the eighth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and will open for Madonna in St. Paul. The tour will visit 35 cities in North America and 11 in Europe, with additional dates expected to be added.

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Born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Michigan, Madonna first hit the charts with 1982’s “Everybody.” Fueled by her popular music videos on the emerging MTV network, she went on to rule the ’80s with a long string of hits including “Holiday,” “Lucky Star,” “Borderline,” “Like a Virgin,” “Material Girl,” “Into the Groove,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “True Blue,” “La Isla Bonita,” “Who’s that Girl” and “Express Yourself.”

She launched her fourth album, 1989’s “Like a Prayer,” with a controversial Pepsi commercial. The record featured “Love Song,” a duet with Prince, who also played uncredited guitar on three other tracks. As she once told a reporter: “We were friends and talked about working together, so I went to Minneapolis to write some stuff with him … We ended up writing it long distance, because I had to be in Los Angeles and he couldn’t leave Minneapolis, and quite frankly I couldn’t stand Minneapolis. When I went there, it was like 20 degrees below zero, and it was really desolate. I was miserable and I couldn’t write or work under those circumstances.”

After publishing the explicit coffee table book “Sex” in 1992, Madonna continued to find success through the ’90s, including a starring role in a film adaptation of the musical “Evita.” She scored her final major hit in 2008 with “4 Minutes,” which featured Justin Timberlake.

While Madonna’s mainstream chart success has since faded, she has remained a mainstay on the dance charts. Last year, she released the compilation “Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones,” which collected her many dancefloor hits.

Beyond a dormant stretch in the ’90s, Madonna has toured heavily, but has only played the Twin Cities a handful of times. She headlined the old St. Paul Civic Center in 1985 and 1987 and didn’t return to town until a two-night stand at Xcel Energy Center in 2012 and a return to the hockey arena three years later. After that concert, she hit Paisley Park for a private party with Prince.

Her most recent tour supported her experimental 14th album “Madame X.” She stuck to smaller theaters with high ticket prices and the outing drew criticism for her late start times and several canceled shows.

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