Saturday, October 28, 2006

Controversy rages over Mariah concert cancellation

Mariah Carey's managers have denied that her Hong Kong concert was cancelled due to her diva-esque demands.

As well as her alleged demands, the show's promoters, Concerts Asia, claimed that tomorrow's planned gig had failed to attract enough attention for it to be worthwhile to go ahead, with just 4,000 normal tickets being sold "despite a substantial advertising campaign".

A statement on their website announced: "As promoters of the Mariah Carey Hong Kong concert we have decided to cancel the event effective immediately due to both the poor response of public ticket sales.and also due to specific last-minute demands which we find wholly unreasonable and not with the best interests of Hong Kong, us and also the fans."

But the singer's managers claim that the cancellation was in fact due to "unfulfilled contractual obligations".

Her manager Benny Medina told "Judging by the business model of this company and the way it does business bearing in mind this money was still outstanding two days before the show we felt the possibility of getting those fees was remote. So we felt we had no alternative but to cancel the show."

UMG International announced in a statement: "With legions of fans in Hong Kong and south-east Asia, Mariah has always appreciated the love and dedication they have shown over the years.

"She deeply regrets the disappointment caused to them due to unforeseen circumstances beyond her control."