Monday, October 1, 2007

Miley Cyrus Sells Out Shows Fast

The undisputed hottest concert ticket of the year is for 14-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus, star of the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana TV show. Fans are so desperate for seats to her 54-date tour, kicking off later this month, that venues have sold out in as little as four minutes and scalpers are getting four to five times the face value, creating a torrent of complaints from frustrated parents.

“We knew it was hot, but we had no idea it was this crazy,” said Debra Rathwell, senior vice president of AEG Live, which is handling her tour. “It’s like the Beatles.” About 12,000 seats for the Memphis show were gone in 8 minutes. It took 15 minutes in Columbus, Ohio, and swift sellouts have been reported across the country, Nashville, Miami, Lexington, Ky. The Kansas City Council is investigating the matter. One ticket for the show in Charlotte, N.C., sold for $2,565.

Miley, daughter of country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus, plays high school student Miley Stewart, who lives a secret double life as a famous pop star, Hannah Montana. Her show reaches 5 million viewers a week. The sold-out “Best of Both Worlds Tour,” which begins October 18, follows the release of her double album, “Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus,” which has already sold more than 1 million copies since its release in June. The first album, released late last year, sold more than 2 million copies.

Source: www.msnbc.msn.com

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