Whitney Houston scraps Paris concert

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American pop diva Whitney Houston has cancelled a Paris concert that had been re-scheduled after she fell ill last month, her producer said Monday.

The June 1 concert was scrapped due to problems with ticket sales and not because of Houston's health problems, her producer Jackie Lombard said.

The concert at the huge Bercy sports stadium in eastern Paris was announced after a previous show on April 6 was cancelled when Houston was hospitalised in Paris in early April for treatment of a respiratory infection.

Of the 11,500 tickets sold for that performance however, only 2,000 were exchanged for the June concert and some 4,000 others have not asked for refunds or an exchange, said Lombard.

"We don't know if these people will be there and we don't have the right to sell the tickets until we find out if they should be reimbursed," said Lombard.

After racking up a string of hits in the 1980s, Houston suffered a decline in record sales, run-ins with the police over drug use and a divorce from singer Bobby Brown.

The 46-year-old, whose hits included "I Will Always Love You" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," was forced last month to cancel four concerts in France and Britain due to her bout of ill health.

She is attempting a comeback with the global "Nothing But Love" tour, which kicked off at the end of last year.

© 2010 AFP

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