Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Hard, Not Soft: Billie Eilish Sells Out Most of Her $5 AMC Theater Listening Session Events for New Album


AMC has scored again with a pop star after Taylor Swift and Beyonce proved so successful.

The theater chain is having 3pm live listening events on May 16th and 17 for Billie Eilish. She’ll be presenting her new album, “Hit Me Hard and Soft,” first in New York and then in Los Angeles in Dolby theaters.

The waiting lines for the live events — at the Barclays Theater in Brooklyn and the Kia Forum on the 17th — on Ticketmaster brought out 80,000 requests. Fans are still waiting to see if they made it. (Admission is free.)

So Eilish’s team and AMC decided to live stream the events in their theaters. So far, almost all the theaters showing the May 16th event are sold out. You’d have to go way into the suburbs to find a few seats. The tickets cost five bucks. Tickets for the Friday showings go on sale this afternoon.

We’re on a run this spring of hit albums by female stars. Beyonce kicked it off, then came Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, and next is Eilish. Who’s next? Maybe Lana Del Rey, who’s been holding an album. She came to the Met Ball on Monday dressed in a bee keeper’s outfit.

Will men singing rock and roll ever come back? Pearl Jam has a new album out. Green Day had a great one during the winter. But in pop Justin Timberlake tanked, and Justin Bieber is semi-retired. Rap stars Kendrick Lamar and Drake are just fighting with each other. Can you imagine if Jackson and James had put out diss tracks back in the day? That would be a great SNL sketch.

Roger Friedman
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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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