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Katie Melua @ Hotel Cafe, 5/3/09

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On Sunday night, Georgian-born singer-songwriter Katie Melua performed a sold-out show, as part of her latest tour promoting the release of her new album Pictures, at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. It was actually her second show of the day as she did a free in-store earlier at the nearby Amoeba Records.

Seeing Melua, who in 2006 was Europe's highest-selling female artist, at such an intimate venue as the Hotel Cafe, was not unlike Katy Perry and Sara Bareilles' recent performances there. But as Melua told LAist, "'I have played on my own before, completely acoustic, but it's only been half-hour sets. It's amazing to be doing an acoustic tour now where the sound is completely in my control and it's so intimate between the audience and me.'"

Interest in Melua is so high that at last night's Pictures launch party in Beverly Hills, her manager Mike Batt tweeted that "2 white-haired old ladies had a fight, no shit. One got 'glassed' by the other. Cut neck. Wooh."