Mariah Sues South American Promoters

When Mariah Carey axed five South American shows in late 2016, just days before she was set perform the first in Argentina, she said only that promoters had done wrong by her.

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– Mariah Carey
Essence Music Festival, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Jan .10, she shares more on the matter, and is suing for damages and the remainder she says she is guaranteed in the contract for the shows. The suit was filed by Mirage Entertainment, representing Carey, against FEG Entretenimientos, which represents the promoters responsible for the cancelled shows in Chile and Argentina. Carey’s claim is “not one payment promised … [was] made as required; all the payments were late, insufficient, or totally unpaid.”

The plaintiffs further cite a clause in the contract that states that if payments are not made on time, the artist can refuse to perform and is still entitled to the full amount in the guarantee. As the payments were late or missing altogether, it was unreasonable to expect Carey to put up her own money to move the production into South America on the faith that she would be paid later, Mirage argues.

Thus, she canceled the shows at the last minute and claims, in addition to the damage to her brand, she should be compensated for other opportunities she missed by agreeing to work with FEG. At the time of the cancellations many fans wrote they had been waiting more than 20 years to see the singer in their country just once, and were heartbroken at having to miss out again.

Mariah seems to be everywhere early in 2017. She made headlines with her performance on New Year’s Eve in Times Square, and is the star of the recently launched reality television show “Mariah’s World.” Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was reportedly vandalized recently, as someone added a question mark next to her name that reportedly cost $15,000 to clean up.

Fenix Entertainment Group could not be reached for comment at press time.