Scalpers smiling, parents steamed over 'Hannah Montana' tour - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Scalpers smiling, parents steamed over 'Hannah Montana' tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Forget The Police, Justin Timberlake or Bruce Springsteen. The undisputed hottest concert ticket of the year is for 14-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus, star of the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" TV show.

Fans are so desperate for seats to her 54-date tour, kicking off later this month, that venues have sold out in as little as four minutes and scalpers are getting four to five times the face value.

That has frustrated a lot of parents. About 12,000 seats for a show in Memphis show were gone in 8 minutes.

It took 15 minutes in Columbus, Ohio, and swift sellouts have been reported across the country.

In Arkansas, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced an investigation of the Hannah Montana ticket sales last month after reports of a quick sell-out and scalping off a show at North Little Rock's Alltel Arena.

A news release from McDaniel's office said that, only a few minutes after sales of the tickets began, consumers at the box office and those who went to the Ticketmaster web site were told that the concert had sold out.

The tight supply has proved to be a bonanza for scalpers. One ticket for a show in Charlotte, North Carolina., sold for 2,565 dollars.

Miley is the daughter of country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus. She plays high school student Miley Stewart, who lives a secret double life as a famous pop star, Hannah Montana. Her show reaches 5 million viewers a week.

The sold-out "Best of Both Worlds Tour," which begins October 18th, follows the release of her double album, "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus," which has already sold more than 1 million copies since its release in June.

The first album, released late last year, sold more than 2 million copies.

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