By Maíra Amorim, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Cat Power was originally set to perform just one show in Brazil, at São Paulo's Via Funchal. Pressure from Carioca fans motivated the North American singer to change tack, and she eventually booked an extra show at the HSBC Arena in Barra da Tijuca. One of Rio's biggest concert halls, which seats 15,000 people.

Some critics say that producers have overestimated Cat’s popularity in Brazil, as not even the hugely popular band REM was capable of carrying a full house at the venue. But fans are . . .

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