Chance the Rapper Cancels His U.S. Arena Tour Amidst Rumors of Sluggish Sales

Chance the Rapper officially cancels his 'Big Tour' on Instagram
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Chance the Rapper officially cancels his 'Big Tour' on Instagram
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Chance the Rapper officially cancels his ‘Big Tour’ on Instagram

After a number of last-minute postponements, Chance the Rapper has flat-out canceled his ‘Big Tour’.

Chance the Rapper has officially canceled his ambitious, 35-date ‘Big Tour,’ a move that follows a string of frustrating postponements.  This time, the rapper cited a need to spend time with this young family, which now includes a newborn daughter.

“Hey guys, I’ve decided to cancel the Big Tour,” Chance posted on his official Instagram account over the weekend. “I know it sucks and it’s been a lot of back and forth with reschedules and rerouting, but it’s for the best. I’m gonna take this time to be with family, make some new music and develop my best show to date.”

The abrupt cancellation follows rumors of tepid ticket sales, with two industry sources pointing Digital Music News to substantial numbers of unsold tickets across various arenas.

The move follows an abrupt postponement of various dates in September, which realigned the tour to start in January.

That rescheduling happened just five dates before the opening performance. The 35-city arena tour, announced in July, included some serious venues, including Madison Square Garden and The Forum. Lil Yachty and Taylor Bennett were opening acts.

By October, Chance’s team was offering 2-for-1 specials to fill venues.  On December 2nd, Chance offered the 2-for-1 on Cyber Monday, with limited purchase windows designed to stimulate demand.

Back in October, Chance also hosted Saturday Night Live — again — though that appearance may have failed to move the needle.

Meanwhile, sales and interest around Chance the Rapper’s album, Big Day, dropped relatively quickly after a summertime release. That happened despite a star-studded cast of guest artists, including Gucci Mane, Megan Thee Stallion, and Shawn Mendes. Earlier, Chance’s Coloring Book was a mainstay atop the charts and various streaming platforms for years before cooling down.

The flat-out cancellation of a massive, US-based tour is considered an extreme move within the live concert industry.  For fans, especially those that have already purchased tickets, cancellations and postponements are frustrating inconveniences.  Venues are oftentimes left scrambling to fill the open dates, and could be less likely to book the artist in the future.

“I’m deeply sorry to anyone with a ticket who has supported me this past decade by coming to a show and rocking out with me and I feel even worse for anyone who was planning on making this their first Chance concert,” the rapper continued.  “Thank you all for an amazing year, and a huge thanks to my team and family for being so strong through this whole year.”

Just recently, the once-hot T-Pain canceled his 1UP DLC Tour, bluntly blaming poor ticket sales. “Whenever a concert or tour gets canceled, it’s for low ticket sales,” T-Pain said. “Most artists lie.”

9 Responses

  1. Maxie

    Meanwhile the music form that is supposedly dead will be selling out arenas and stadiums across the country.

    • Blobbo

      What genre are you talking about? If its rock or country, those are older people willing to spend the money on live shows. If young people stop consuming live music as well as not buying it online, goodbye music industry.

      • Ted

        The music industry is changing and trying to find footing in this ever-fickle world, but it isn’t going anywhere. Settle down folks.

  2. Tom Hendricks

    Corporate music is at an all time low, there are only about ten propped up stars that can do concerts, and the concert industry greed has painted them into a corner.
    This too is part of the music revolution and D Pop, the music that puts the song first, levels the playing field; and what does not matter is fame, millions in promotoon, and the number of background singers in your videos.

  3. Rick

    There are too many rappers in a genre with a short shelf life. Enough already. Chance the Rapper isn’t going anywhere, TV shows, movies, apparel. He’ll do well. Too bad he tried to cover up his lack of sales with family obligations. Sorry, next.

  4. The Corporate Ear

    Sorry, we’re too busy idolizing tattoo face lean drinkers with months left to live.

  5. Anonymous

    CHance was good on Corden as a guest host. That should be his path. His rapping is beyond boring. This can happen to ‘stars’ that are sold to the public, not grown from the grassroots.