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Alicia Keys announces first tour in 7 years and release date for new album

Alicia Keys is wasting no time promoting her upcoming seventh studio album, “Alicia,” which will be released March 20. On Tuesday morning, the 15-time Grammy Award-winner announced her “Alicia — The World Tour” 2020 concert trek, which opens June 5 in Dublin, Ireland.

The announcement comes just five days before Keys is set to host Sunday’s 62nd annual Grammy Awards telecast on CBS for the second consecutive year.

The North American leg of her tour opens July 28 in Florida at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville. It concludes Sept. 22, also in Florida, at Hard Rock Live Arena in Miami. All the North American dates and cities appear below, along with ticket information. The tour will also stop in Chicago Aug. 25 at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.

Keys gave a one-song preview of her upcoming album with the Jan. 9 release of the video for her new single, “Underdog,” which she co-wrote with Ed Sheeran.

“Some people may think of the word ‘underdog’ as a negative word, but I see it as a powerful word representing people who may be underestimated and yet still rise to the challenge and exceed expectations,” Keys said in a statement.

“I love this song so much because it’s about real life and real people and our experiences. We’ve all been in a place in our lives where we’ve had to defy the odds. It’s never easy. One of my favorite lyrics in the song is: They say I would never make it, but I was built to break the mold. I don’t think there’s a person on the planet that hasn’t felt that way.”

Two days later, Keys will follow her Grammy hosting duties with a performance on the CBS TV special, “Let’s Go Crazy _ The Grammy Salute to Prince.” The other artists booked to appear on the special, which will not be televised live and is set to air later in the year, range from Foo Fighters, John Legend and Juanes to Beck, Gary Clark Jr. and members of the late Prince’s former band, The Revolution.

Tickets for Keys’ 2020 North American concert tour go on sale to the general public next Monday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com. A pre-sale for American Express card members begins Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Ticket prices for Keys’ San Diego concert range from $49.50 to $139.50 each, plus service fees.