You've probably heard that singer/actress Mariah Carey is coming to town for her first-ever concert in Malaysia. Scheduled for a one-night performance at Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 22 (7pm), the show will be part of the Mariah Carey Charmbracelet 2003/2004 World Tour.
Hailed as the biggest-selling female recording artiste of all time, Mariah's albums and singles have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. She catapulted to stardom in 1990 with the release of her eponymous album that yielded a record-setting four consecutive No. 1 singles - Vision of Love, Love Takes Time, Someday and I Don't Wanna Cry.
She followed up with albums such as Emotions, Music Box, Daydream, Butterfly, Rainbow (all under Sony Music) and Glitter (under EMI Music). To date, the Grammy Award-winning singer has had more No.1 singles than any female artiste, surpassing both the Supremes (with 12) and Madonna (11). She also has more No.1 songs than any currently-active recording artiste.
Charmbracelet is Mariah's ninth studio album (the first to be released under her new label, Def Jam/Universal) and it has spawned hits such as Through The Rain, Bringin' On The Heartbreak and Boy (I Need You).
So, how and where do you grab hold of the tickets for the glamorous diva's show? According to a spokesperson from the concert promoter Galaxy Productions, tickets are priced between RM65 and RM385 (subject to change) and will be available from the second week of January. "We will kick off the ticket sales with priority bookings which will be offered only to MasterCard holders," he said. Cash purchases will be made available at selected ticket outlets a few weeks later.
As for the choice of Stadium Merdeka as the concert venue, the decision was made by the singer herself, he said. "It was Mariah's request to have an intimate concert with her fans in a smaller venue. We initially proposed the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil which has a seating capacity of 50,000. But her management decided on Stadium Merdeka. We're aiming for 30,000 fans."
After her concert in KL, she is scheduled to perform in Dubai before going on to London where she will star in a play at the West End. Mariah performed in Seoul, Korea and Shanghai, China last month as part of the World Tour before returning to the US to conclude the US-leg of the concert series in time for Christmas. The tour also includes Jakarta, Cebu, Guangzhou, Beijing, Pusan, Hong Kong and Bangkok.