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Madonna Adds Five U.K. Shows After Sell-Out

Madonna will now play six concerts in Britain after all tickets for what was to be her only British appearance sold out minutes after they went on sale Thursday.

The Material Girl will perform at London’s Earl’s Court on July 6, 7, 9, 10 and 12 in addition to her originally planned show at the venue on July 4, American Independence Day.

Madonna fans camped out overnight to make sure they got tickets for the singer’s first public performance in Britain for seven years.

Promoters said all 16,000 tickets for the first show had sold out within 15 minutes. Ticket prices for the concerts range from 40 to 85 pounds ($58 to $122), prompting some music critics to say the singer was cashing in on her fans’ devotion.

The 42-year-old superstar said earlier this month she would return to the stage this summer for a 19-city world tour, her first since 1993’s The Girlie Show.

The Drowned World Tour will be the most extravagant stage spectacle of the singer’s 17-year career, promoters SFX Entertainment said.

She will be performing material from her latest album “Music,” the “Ray of Light” album as well as signature songs from earlier in her career.

The tour starts in Cologne, Germany on June 5 and ends in Los Angeles three months later on September 9.

Madonna gave a sneak preview to a select audience in London earlier this year. The performance, attended by only 3,500 fans, mainly celebrities and competition prize winners, attracted a record webcast audience of nine million.

Her current single “What it feels like for a Girl” is the singer’s 51st British top 10 single.

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