Ariana Grande to debut in Jakarta soon
The Jakarta Post
American pop sensation, Ariana Grande, will present her debut concert in Jakarta on Aug. 26, coinciding with the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) at JIEXPO Kemayoran, Jakarta.
Jakarta is one of the three cities in Asia that will hold Grande's The Honeymoon Tour, aside from Tokyo and Manila.
'Ariana can only perform on that day, which happens to be the same time with the IIMS,' said Roderick Tjandra, who works for the concert promoter Dyandra Promosindo, in a press conference at Senayan City on Tuesday.
'[We are] holding the concert at the same venue, hoping that it will enliven the IIMS.'
Taking place at Hall B&C of JIEXPO, Grande will perform more than 18 songs, including ones from her latest album, 'My Everything', in the two-hour concert.
The concert promoter, Dyandra Promosindo, will prepare 10,000 tickets with prices ranging from Rp 600,000 (US$45) for a Purple tribune seat to Rp 6 million for a VVIP seat. All ticket holders get free access to the automotive exhibition.
'We believe that the ticket prices are reasonable considering Ariana's immense popularity in Indonesia,' said Febrina Sibuea, a Dyandra Promosindo official.
According to her, the promoter hoped that the concert would attract Grande's fans from Singapore and Malaysia.
Dubbed "Mini Mariah Carey" due to her four-octave vocal range, Grande's latest album "My Everything", released in 2014, received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Pop Vocal Album category.
'In Indonesia, her album has achieved three platinum sales certifications. Ariana Grande is our best-selling artist not only in Indonesia, but also worldwide,'said Peter Hendarmin of Universal Music Indonesia.
Her single, "Problem", featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, has topped the song charts in 85 countries and won Best Pop Video award in the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
The promoter officials said they had no hard time fulfilling the star's riders, which consist of an all-black room and vegetarian food. (ren)(+++)
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