Why Did Christina Aguilera Really Postpone Her Tour?

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So Christina Aguilera isn't touring this summer after all, according to a release Live Nation floated late Monday and Rocks Off caught via Billboard this morning:

"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 date this wasn't possible."

We can practically hear the teeth gritting in whoever had to type that press release up and press "send"; promoters generally are not happy when artists tell them thanks, but we've changed our minds - especially when tickets are about to go on sale, like they would have done Friday (including here). Notice how those 'prior commitments' mysteriously slipped Team Aguilera's mind when Live Nation announced the tour about two weeks ago?

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The Aguilera/Cher vehicle Burlesque is probably not a remake of this... too bad.
Aguilera filmed Burlesque, which co-stars Cher and Variety describes as the story of "an ambitious small-town girl with a big voice who finds love, family and success in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club that appears to be right out of Bob Fosse's Cabaret," (whew) last year. Release dates do get moved around a lot in Hollywood, but tours of this scale are booked months in advance for that exact reason: So they don't conflict with the artists' other projects. Or so we thought.

As for promoting Bionic, since "promoting an album" has now come to mean "giving it away via free download to anyone who buys a ticket to your show," canceling that tour seems a little counterintuitive. What are people supposed to do now, go buy the thing?

Interestingly, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are planning the same digital strategy but postponed the first leg of their tour, including the Houston stop, a little over a month ago so they could further promote new album Mojo. Except in Petty's case, "promoting" the album also meant "finishing" it. The band pushed back the scheduled release date by a month to June 16 and sure enough, showed up on Saturday Night Live the same night they were originally scheduled to be in the Woodlands.

The original Aguilera tour press release, on the other hand, already listed a slew of TV appearances on just about every major network program that regularly features musical guests. (SNL is now on summer hiatus.) Unless she's planning a tour of local Fox affiliates - talk about counterintuitive - we can't think of much more TV promotion Aguilera could possibly do.

Also unlike Mojo, Bionic has undergone no such last-minute tinkering, and in fact leaked on the Internet Monday night, so we're not buying it. Rocks Off is actually looking forward to hearing the record, especially since we heard Aguilera/Peaches/Le Tigre collaboration "My Girls" this morning.

Here are five possible reasons for the tour's postponement that sound a little more plausible to us.


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