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Christina Aguilera explains tour postponement: Are you convinced?

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Christina-AguileraImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosWhy did Christina Aguilera delay the tour she’d planned for this summer to next year? The decision, which was announced via press release this week, took fans by surprise. According to an open letter posted last night on the singer’s official site, it all came down to timing. “With both the album press [for June 8’s Bionic] and film press [for November’s Burlesque] I am booked the entire summer and need time to focus on the work at hand,” Aguilera offered. “In addition, my album has not even been released as yet and I would like for you all to become familiar with the music before you hear it live on tour.”

Those seem like fairly legitimate reasons for an artist to hold off on launching a major concert tour. But one has to wonder: Wasn’t Aguilera aware of these concerns before she booked all those dates? If she’s so busy and she wants fans to know Bionic by heart when she steps on stage, then why did she allow tickets to go on sale last week? Maybe there was some epic miscommunication among her team. Or maybe there’s something else going on here. The New York Times cites industry skeptics who think weak ticket sales might be to blame. Without hard numbers (which of course concert promoters are unlikely to release), there’s no way to check that theory out, but it does have a certain ring of truth.

What do you think? Did you score tickets to any of Aguilera’s postponed shows? Read her whole open letter after the jump and let us know if you’re buying her excuses.

“Dear fans,

“I made the decision to move my summer tour and I am truly sorry to those of you who had purchased tickets and have been disappointed by the news. Immediately after wrapping production on Burlesque, I went directly back into the studio and then quickly started the promotional process for Bionic. With both the album press and film press I am booked the entire summer and need time to focus on the work at hand. After reviewing the schedule with my team, I realized there was not enough time to put together and rehearse for a proper show, one that is at the caliber you expect from me or at the level I would present to my fans. In addition, my album has not even been released as yet and I would like for you all to become familiar with the music before you hear it live on tour. Again, I am sorry to have to move the dates but I promise to come see you when the time is right!

“I look forward to seeing you all on the road soon enough to get BIONIC…

“With love,

“C/X”

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Originally posted May 26 2010 — 10:53 AM EDT

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