Hong Kong fans of U.S. singer Mariah Carey were not able to watch their idol perform live as a conflict between her management and promoter forced the pop diva to cancel a scheduled concert over the weekend.
Benny Medina, the singer's manager said the concert promoter defaulted on their financial terms which forced the cancellation of the show, as he denied speculations poor tickets sales of unreasonable demand by Carey, caused the cancellation of her show in Hong Kong, China.
Carey had just concluded her nationwide "Adventures of Mimi" tour, and was set to perform in Hong Kong on Saturday. The show was to be the last stop on the tour after performances in Japan this week.
The promoter of the Hong Kong show, Concerts Asia, posted on its Web site and said the show was canceled because the 36-year-old Carey had made "specific last-minute demands which we find wholly unreasonable and not with the best interests of Hong Kong, us and also the fans."
It adds that only 4,000 tickets had been sold despite a "substantial" advertising campaign.
Medina disputes those claims and said 8,000 tickets had been sold and points to the tour promoter's failure to pay Carey as the reason for the cancellation.
He said, "If there were only 10 people in this venue, and this particular promoter ... had fulfilled his contractual obligations, we would be there. Mariah Carey loves her fans in Southeast Asia."