Soul Diva Plays Kremlin...
Soul diva Whitney Houston to play at Kremlin
MOSCOW Feb 10 - US soul diva Whitney Houston will follow in the tracks of
her pop rival Mariah Carey on Tuesday by entertaining a Kremlin concert
crowd that is paying 10 times the country's average monthly salary for a
Houston, 41, takes her act to the Kremlin Palace for two days after playing
in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg as an opening to a whirlwind
tour of Europe and Asia.
The singer, who is staging her first concerts in Russia, admitted in a
television interview she knew little about Russia's music culture and could
name only one singer - the cult pop vocalist Alla Pugachova.
Russian news reports said Houston will get paid about one million dollars
for her performances and that fans will shell out up to $1,300 for top seats
in the Kremlin Palace - nearly 10 times the country's average monthly wage.
Carey charged similar prices during her first performances in Moscow last
The average monthly wage in Russia is around $150, although the figure in
Moscow is closer to $1,000, with wide disparities between the wealthy and
Houston has won six Grammy awards in her career and her songs are on the
regular play list of Russian pop radio stations. - AFP
10 FEBRUARY 2004