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Justin Bieber's UK Purpose tour will begin in October 2016REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Justin Bieber has delivered an early Christmas present to his fans in the UK, as the singer will be visiting with his Purpose tour in 2016. The What Do You Mean hitmaker will perform eight dates across the country, kicking off in the autumn.

Bieber, 21, will launch the UK tour at London's O2 Arena on 11 October before moving on to Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Glasgow. The jaunt will begin in March with a North American leg spanning 64 dates and reaching cities such as New York, Houston, Boston, Los Angeles and Vancouver, in the singer's native Canada.

Tickets for the UK dates go on sale on 17 December at 9am via Ticketmaster and other outlets. It will be Bieber's first tour since he hit the road in 2012 in promotion of his Believe album. That jaunt ran for 162 dates and is said to have grossed more than $200m (£132m).

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Justin Bieber's tour is in support of his new number one album PurposeDef Jam

This tour is in support of Bieber's new album Purpose, which was released on 13 November and features the hit singles What Do You Mean, Where Are U Now and Sorry. The LP, the singer's fourth, has sold close to one million copies in the US alone and soared to number one in several countriesm including the UK and on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Spotify revealed that Bieber has amassed the most streams in a single week in 2015 thanks to the album, which has already been played more than 205 million times.

Bieber last performed in the UK on 6 December when he appeared at Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball alongside the likes of Calvin Harris, Little Mix and Ellie Goulding.

The full list of Justin Bieber's Purpose tour dates are as follows:

11 October – O2 Arena, London

12 October – O2 Arena, London

17 October – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

18 October – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

20 October – Manchester Arena

21 October – Manchester Arena

26 October – Sheffield Arena

27 October – SSE Hydro, Glasgow