Kelly Clarkson cancels arena show

DULUTH - Pop star Kelly Clarkson, the very first "American Idol," has canceled her scheduled Aug. 28 show at the Gwinnett Arena, along with the rest of her summer tour.

LiveNation, the national concert promotion company promoting the tour, was upfront about the reason for the cancellation. It seems the singer doesn't have the clout to sell out arena shows, so she's heading back to performing in more intimate concert environments.

"It is mind-blowing when you stop to think about what Kelly Clarkson has achieved during her young career," said Michael Rapino, CEO of concert promotion company LiveNation, in a press release. "But ticket sales have not been what we anticipated, and we came to the realization that we had bit off more than we could chew."

Clarkson's third album, "My December," is due out in July, and just days ago, she fired her management team, according to Entertainment Weekly.

On her Web site, Clarkson wrote, "I can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to getting out there to perform for y'all. In the craziness of the music business, performing is what I look forward to doing the most, so it really is disappointing for me to have to tell you that I won't be coming out to tour this summer. The fact is that touring is just too much too soon."

Anyone who purchased Clarkson tickets can get a refund at the place of purchase, said Arena at Gwinnett Center spokesman Chris Hendley.