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Aguilera ditches tour to star in movie

Christina Aguilera has cancelled plans for a summer concert tour blaming work on a new film.

The American singer also says she will not have enough time to rehearse for the tour as she promotes her new album, said her spokeswoman

Aquilera (29) will appear in new movie Burlesque, due in cinemas later this year, and she is currently promoting a new album Bionic, which is set for release on June 8. "The singer felt she needed more time to rehearse the show and with less than a month between the album release and tour date this wasn't possible," her spokeswoman said.


The North American tour had been set to start in July. New dates will be announced later this year

The first single from Bionic, a tune called Not Myself Tonight, debuted in March on Aguilera's official website.

But after peaking at No 23 in the US charts, the singer has also released a second single Woohoo, featuring rapper Nicki Minaj.

Aguilera found pop success in the late 1990s and 2000s with hits like Genie In A Bottle and What A Girl Wants, but in recent years she has faced stiff competition from a new round of singers including Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Bionic will be her first album of new music since 2006's Back to Basics.