Skip to comments.Low ticket sales kill Clarkson tour
Posted on 06/15/2007 6:34:57 AM PDT by RDTF
Here's a tip to Kelly Clarkson: Watch out what you sing, because the lyrics might come back to haunt you. On her recent single Never Again, the 2002 American Idol winner sings: Does it hurt to know I'll never be there? / Bet it sucks to see my face everywhere.
It sucks all right, but for Clarkson, not the spurned boyfriend she skewers in Never Again. Her entire North Ameican concert tour, which included a Sept. 21 show at the San Diego Sports Arena, has been canceled due to low ticket sales.
Ticket sales have not been what we anticipated and we came to the realization that we had bit off more than we would chew, said Michael Rapino, the CEO of the tour's promoter, Live Nation, in a statement released by Clarkson's publicist.
...we believe this decision will only benefit her and her fans in the long run.
Clarkson, whose new album, My December, is due out July 25, weighed in on the tour cancellation on her Web site:
(Excerpt) Read more at signonsandiego.com ...
Lesson: If you want to have a long-term career, and not be upended from overexposure, don’t go on “American Idol.”
Remedy is simple ... “Smaller Venues” ... She has an audience, just not a huge one like she thought ...
I disagree. Without American Idol, she would have remained in obscurity. The problem is not AI, but most likely the greed of her handlers. She is very talented but not big enough to carry her own tour. Instead she should have opened for bigger names for a couple more years, paid a few more dues, established herself with a couple good albums and then tried the tour. Marketing 101.
That's true, but my point is this, 10 years from now, nobody will remember the winners. They have their 15 minutes, and then that's it. Ten years from now they'll be the subject of a "Where Are The Now" feature.
Kelly Clarkson had awesome sales for a few years, but no one could figure out who her audience was. Carrie Underwood made her mark firmly in country music and is my pick to stay around for a long time.
I agree. Not only is Carrie a better singer than Clarkson, but a singer has a longer shelf life in country music than in pop.
I think you are right for most of them. Some of them however, (and I don’t know if Kelly Clarkson is in this group)—and not necessarily the winners— will have had successful careers because their talent and charisma was showcased on AI.
And for the rest, they probably wouldn’t even have had 15 minutes otherwise, but at least they had that and a few good stories about Simon to tell their grandkids. :-)
Have you ever listened to a Kelly Clarkson CD? Her voice is amazing.
There are a lot of singers out there with amazing voices that nobody has heard of.
It’s about the songs, just what is so great about the songs she sings?
Carrie Underwear is doing OK, and really is a decent singer. Other than Carrie & Kelly, I can't name any other winners that I've heard on the radio, nor do I want to hear them.
Yes, i’ve listened to Kelly Clarkson. I think she has a good voice but she needs time to develop it more. I believe she has the potential to be almost as good as Christina Aguilera if she worked on it.
It’s just that country music is a safer place for new talent right now, imo. That’s why the crossover trend is from pop to country right now, instead of the other way around like it used to be. Country music today is very diverse; just about anything goes. Carrie Underwoods music could be considered pop, but since she calls herself “country” or “Nashville” she sells CD’s.
If you don’t get it then you won’t get it. It’s all about taste I guess. I enjoy listening to her music.
Heck even bleeding Bon Jovi is country now.
I don’t know — I could see Carrie Underwood being a force for a while, but she is going to need to pick out a genre — country or christian.
And some of the other winners are doing Broadway Shows or have acting gigs at this point. For most of the AI winners that have great talent, the show was shortcut for them. Some of them would have made it on their own at some point.
The only way to sell out arenas for pop artists, like Clarkson, is to make it a full-scale production, like Madonna. You got to have a little controversy to spice it up.
Country artists don’t have that problem.
Bon jovi. Kid Rock. Sheryl Crow. There are others who are trying to get their feet in the door.
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