Christina Aguilera cancels summer tour amid reports of poor ticket sales
Last updated at 10:35 AM on 26th May 2010
Christina Aguilera, seen here earlier this month, has cancelled her summer tour
Christina Aguilera has cancelled her summer tour amid reports of poor ticket sales.
The 20-date tour, which had been due to start in July, has now been postponed to next year because Aguilera 'needed more time to rehearse' due to prior commitments to her new album and film debut, according to a statement released today.
However, there has been speculation that the disappointing response to Aguilera's new album and poor sales of concert tickets are the real reason for the cancellation.
The statement from concert promoters Live Nation read: 'Christina Aguilera's summer tour has been moved to 2011 due to prior
commitments that the singer had made to her film, Burlesque, and to
the promotion of her new album, Bionic.
'The singer felt she needed more time to rehearse the show and with less than a month between the album release and tour dates this wasn't possible.'
The tour was due to start on July 15 in Uncasville, Connecticut, and finish August 19 in Irvine, California.
Leona Lewis had been signed up as the support act for Aguilera.
Aguilera had been hoping that her fourth studio album Bionic would be her musical comeback - having stepped out of the spotlight after taking a break to have her son Max Liron, now two.
However, despite attempting to promote the new record by posing naked for the cover of GQ magazine and releasing a racy video for single Not Myself Tonight, Bionic only reached a disappointing number 23 on the U.S. album charts last month.
It will be released here on June 8.
The reported poor sales will undoubtedly be a blow to Aguilera, who had attempted to reinvent herself for the new release.
Raunchy: The singer had pulled out all the stops to be as sexy as possible in the video for single Not Myself Tonight, but received a lacklustre response from fans
Revealing: Aguilera stripped down for the cover of German GQ magazine
But fans picked up on the similarities in style between Aguilera and pop rival Lady Gaga, with many accusing her of coping the Poker Face singer.
This latest blow could result in Aguilera concentrating the majority of her time on her acting, having recently revealed she wants to forge a successful career in the movie industry.
Aguilera will make her movie debut in Burlseque, alongside Cher and Kristen Bell, in November this year.
Movie star: Aguilera with co-star Cher on the set of Burlesque in Los Angeles earlier this year. She blamed her commitments to the film and her album for not giving her enough time to rehearse for the show
Despite admitting she found the prospect of starring with Oscar-winning actress Cher in the film daunting, Aguilera said she quickly found her feet.
She said: 'I didn't want to do something that was easy for me. But it's been quite the journey, let me tell you. Almost like training camp!'
When asked recently what kind of films she saw herself starring in in the future, Aguilera replied: 'Something edgy would be good.
Former glory: Aguilera performs during her Back to Basics tour in 2007
'I like the kind of roles Angelina Jolie usually plays, like in Girl, Interrupted. Something with substance.'
She added: 'But I also have some ideas of my own, so maybe I'll get with a screenwriter to put them to paper.'
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