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Whitney Cancels Concert, But May Still Sing In Brisbane hide

Sick Whitney may still sing in Brisbane

SINGER Whitney Houston cancelled last night's Brisbane concert because she has bronchitis.

The concert promoter, Mr Michael Coppell, said late last night he was attempting to re-schedule the concert for this Saturday. This would be subject to a report tomorrow from the singer's medical specialist. A firm announcement would be made at 2 p.m. tomorrow, he said.

Ticket holders from last night's cancelled concert should ring the Boondall Entertainment Centre's information service on 11611 for updated information.

Ms Houston, 23, arrived at Brisbane airport yesterday morning rugged up and suffering throat problems after three sellout performances in Sydney.

A Brisbane throat specialist examined her and diagnosed acute bronchitis. Promoters then decided to cancel the Brisbane concert which sold out three weeks ago.

The Grammy award-winning singer is scheduled to perform nine Australian concerts but so far has done only three in Sydney.

Whitney Houston's tour comes after the success of her debut album Whitney Houston, released in March last year, which has sold more than nine million copies and is still in the Brisbane Top 10. The album has been in the Australian charts for 59 weeks.

Hits such as Saving All My Love For You, How Will I Know and her version of George Benson's Greatest Love Of All, have made Miss Houston one of the world's most popular female singers. Album sales are the second highest for any female performer in the past twenty years - topped only by Carole King's Tapestry.

Queensland promoter Ms Louise Carroll said Ms Houston had been ill when she arrived in Australia last week. "But she went ahead with the Australian tour anyway since she has been wanting to do it for so long," she said. "It's only in the last 24 hours that she's gone downhill."

Last night, Ms Houston was resting in her room at Brisbane's Hilton Hotel, and would not be interviewed. A spokesman for the singer said: "She is in good spirits, but is very disappointed the concert had to be cancelled."

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