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The diminutive pop idol gets set to conquer the world again - and this time he's using his proper name...

PRINCE is to embark on a full-scale world tour next year, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

According to reports from sources close to Paisley Park, the current ‘Hit And Run’ tour is a warm-up for a “major world tour” which will kick off in the New Year.

He is currently in the midst of the string of dates in the US under the title the ‘Hit And Run’ tour, having played Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Fairfax, Richmond and Boston already.

The dates continue at:

Milwaulkee (November 18)

Grand Rapids (19)

Cincinatti (20)

Nashville (25)

Charlotte (26)

Houston (30)

Dallas (December 1)

Las Vegas

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When he embarks on the road next year, it will be Prince’s most extensive tour since 1998’s outing to promote the ‘New Power Soul’ album, which saw him joined by Chaka Khan and Larry Graham.

Having reclaimed his moniker and independent status earlier this year – after labouring under the “symbol”, the title ‘The Artist Formerly Known As Prince’ and occasionally branding himself “slave” while contracted to theWarners record label – he threw open the doors of his Paisley Park studio complex in Minneapolis September for a week of public tours, exhibitions and parties, which culminated in a massive gig in his home city.