Kelly Clarkson Shelves Summer Tour
Thu, 14 Jun 2007 12:46:36
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First there's some artist-label conflict over the date of Kelly Clarkson's forthcoming release, My December, and then the singer suddenly fires her manager in a much-publicized dismissal. Now, Clarkson's camp is reporting that the former American Idol winner has shelved her summer tour due to slow ticket sales. It's not looking good here, kids.
The press release reads as follows:
"Plans for Kelly Clarkson's summer tour have been shelved for now as the singer and her team re-evaluate her show's size and scope—a decision made even more difficult by the impending release of her album, My December.
"'It is mind blowing when you stop to think about what Kelly Clarkson has achieved during her young career,' said Michael Rapino, CEO of LiveNation. 'But ticket sales have not been what we anticipated and we came to the realization that we had bit off more than we could chew. In the end, we are in the Kelly Clarkson business and for that reason we believe that this decision will only benefit her and her fans in the long run.'
"'Kelly is a spectacular artist and an incredible performer who undoubtedly has what it takes to sustain a long and prosperous career,' added Gregg Perloff, CEO of Another Planet Entertainment. 'The day when she will play in sold-out arenas is, no doubt, coming, but for now her fans should look forward to seeing her in a more intimate concert environment. Kelly deserves a tremendous amount of praise for her courage in not only being a part of, but in supporting, this difficult decision.'
"Tickets for the tour can be refunded at the point of purchase."
The press release also promises that ticket holders will be notified via email as soon as new dates for a Clarkson tour of smaller venues are announced.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff