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Alicia Keys confirms Tel Aviv concert

Summer concert set for July 4; tickets go on sale for NIS 220

Alicia Keys (photo credit: courtesy)
Alicia Keys (photo credit: courtesy)

Superstar singer-songwriter Alicia Keys will perform at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv on July 4th, promoter Shuki Weiss confirmed on Tuesday.

The concert in Israel, the result of intensive negotiations over the last few months, is part of Keys’s world tour in support of her latest album, “Girl on Fire,” which debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart when it was released in November.

Keys, 32, is one of the most successful pop and soul singers of the past decade, with sales of over 35 million copies of her albums and 14 Grammy Awards to her name.

“I’m excited to go to new places on this tour, among them Tel Aviv. I plan on bringing with me a show full of emotion and inspiration,” Keys said in a statement.

Tickets are already on sale for the show and cost NIS 220 (around $60).

Over the past few years, while enjoying a wealth of performances by first-tier stars (Madonna, Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Israelis have also faced multiple let-downs, as prominent recording artists announced their arrival and then canceled, often following pressure from the anti-Israel set.

Most recently, the massive Lollapalooza music festival removed Israel from its list of venues for summer 2013, citing budgetary and logistical issues.

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