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Luis Miguel Planning Extensive Tour

Mexican crooner Luis Miguel, one of Latin music's top-selling artists and top-grossing performers, is planning the most ambitious tour of his career, Billboard has learned.

The Mexico En la Piel tour, named after the artist's November 2004 Warner Music Latina album, will start Sept. 13 in Fresno, Calif. It includes at least 40 U.S. concerts as well as 10 dates in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The tour will close with 17 shows in Mexico.

"It's a very special tour, a very ambitious tour, and it could be the most important in his career," his manager, AA Music Management's Alejandro Asensi, tells Billboard in an exclusive interview.

Miguel's last full-fledged U.S. concert outing earned him the Latin tour of the year honor at the 2004 Billboard Latin Music Awards. However, Asensi says, this tour is different in its scope. Performances will include a recap of Miguel's hits but will focus on material from "Mexico En la Piel." While the singer has long included mariachi in his recordings and performances, "Mexico" is his first mariachi-only record.

So it makes sense that Miguel -- who typically performs in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, Mexico -- will play more than a dozen secondary markets, many of which he has not visited in more than a decade.

"We were waiting for this kind of an album," Asensi says. "It's a more Mexican album. And that's why we plan to spend more time in the United States and Mexico."