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Celine Dion to add one show in Taipei after strong ticket sales

2018/01/28 21:18:28

Celine Dion/photo courtesy of KHAM INC.

Taipei, Jan. 28 (CNA) Celine Dion has agreed to give one more live concert in Taipei after tickets for her two planned shows at Taipei Arena in July sold like hotcakes, the promoter said Sunday.

Dion and her agent gave the nod to a third concert, scheduled for July 14, after being persuaded of the overwhelming demand for a third show by local promoter Kuang Hong Arts, the company said in a press release.

The strong demand became quickly apparent when over 95 percent of the 10,000 tickets put on sale for the third show at noon Sunday had been sold as of about 8:30 p.m the same day.

The heavyweight pop singer had planned two live concerts in Taipei, slated for July 11 and July 13 at Taipei Arena, as part of her Asian tour.

Tickets for those shows went on sale on Jan. 22 at prices ranging from NT$800 (US$27) to NT$13,800, triggering a strong response. As of Sunday evening, fewer than 40 tickets, all priced at over NT$10,000 each, remained available for each of the two shows.

After tickets to the first two shows went quickly, many Dion fans who were unable to buy tickets in their desired price range swarmed onto the promoter's Facebook page, crying out for an additional show by the Canadian singer, the company said.

Dion will stay in Taiwan for a week, along with her family and performing team. They have planned to "taste the culture of Taiwanese features" while spending time on the island, Kuang Hong Arts said.

The Canadian singer, 49, first gained global recognition in the 1980s and surged to international fame with "My Heart Will Go On," the theme song from the blockbuster movie "Titanic."

Over the past 30 years, Dion has sold more than 250 million records worldwide and won five Grammy Awards, two Oscars and seven American Music Awards.

She had planned to visit Taiwan in 2014 but canceled the trip because of the poor health of her husband, who passed away in 2016.

(By Sabine Cheng and Elizabeth Hsu)