Did a string of poor ticket sales force Live Nation to cancel Iggy Azalea’s tour?
Two months ago, Live Nation confirmed that Nicki Minaj had postponed the North American leg of her NICKIHNDRXX tour.
According to the concert promoter, the singer decided to “reevaluate elements of production” of the tour. She apparently needed more time to rehearse — or something like that.
Rumors quickly spread that Minaj had actually canceled the North American tour because of poor ticket sales. A Live Nation source told Page Six that tickets sales “were not just in the toilet, they were totally down the drain.”
The leaked news wasn’t all that surprising. Following a poor rollout of Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program, Taylor Swift’s 2018 tour was dubbed “a total disaster.” Desperate to fill seats, Ticketmaster sold tickets to Beyoncé and Jay Z’s tour in Italy for just 6 euros (Ticketmaster last stated that the prices were a mistaken ‘test’). Demand in London also seemed mixed – at best.
Now, another major artist has canceled her tour.
Say farewell to The Bad Girl.
Live Nation has canceled Iggy Azalea’s Bad Girls Tour “due to unforeseen circumstances.” This marks the Australian rapper’s second tour cancelation in three years.
Per Variety, Azalea would’ve kicked off her 21-city tour on October 27th in Hollywood. Yet, “all of the 21 dates except four – Minneapolis, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, and Hollywood, Calif. – had been marked canceled.” In addition, “a four-date tour of those cities does not seem likely.”
Confirming the abrupt cancelation, Azalea expressed her profound disappointment on Twitter.
“Believe me — i was really excited for this tour … and im genuinely disappointed it cant happen this year – The choice was out of my hands and not my call to make. I hope i will get to see you all in person one day. I love you.”
Earlier this week, CupcakKe, a female rapper from Chicago, hinted that missing payments caused by sluggish sales may have forced the cancelation. She had said a “change of plans” forced her to drop out of the Bad Girls tour at the last moment.
“I went from getting paid 330k on this tour to 30k…”
She also stated that Iggy Azalea didn’t cancel the tour.
“THIS WAS NOT IGGY THAT CHANGED PLANS… It was the ones that put it together… Iggy knows I love her… I just need that bag IN FULL that’s all.”
Live Nation didn’t explain the reason for the cancelation.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Iggy Azalea’s The Bad Girls Tour has been cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase.”
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