Saturday, April 20, 2024

Mariah Carey Cancels More Xmas Shows As Sales Flag, All She Wants for Christmas Is You (Literally)


Mariah Carey has cancelled more shows on her holiday tour. Now the first two shows at the Beacon in New York– her hometown– have been scratched. Carey says it’s because she has an upper respiratory infection but we know better.

Last week tickets for those shows were put on discount on because they weren’t selling. And they didn’t sell. It’s an infection that spread right through the Beacon.

There are still three shows at the Beacon. And like the song says, All Mariah wants for Christmas is you. On secondary markets, already purchased tickets by bots and dealers are going begging through the whole house on all three nights. On Ticketmaster’s website I was able to request groups of 6 or 8 in every section.

It might be fun just to go the Beacon on a lark and see what’s going on. Mariah has just engaged Jay Z’s Roc Nation as her manager, which means she’s not giving up hip hop. She has a dead in the water single from the Christian movie “The Star,” which is too bad since the song is good. Total sales to date are 4,500. That’s FOUR THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED. It’s not getting airplay, but maybe it will during Christmas week.

Mariah’s whole career is one train wreck after another. Or, to use another cliche, a rollercoaster. She goes way up, then way down. There are reports that she had gastric sleeve surgery recently. That is no fun according to people who’ve had it. It’s certainly not what you do right before a tour. Let’s hope she’s in good shape when she hits town next week.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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