Rihanna's Tour Selling Poorly
Wed, 23 Mar 2011 13:48:03
New York Post reports that Rihanna is having as tough a time selling concert tickets as she did last year. After her 2010 "Last Girl on Earth" tour hit problems with cancellations in Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver and Indianapolis because of low ticket sales, it appears as though Ri Ri cannot sell out arenas and needs to scale down her ambitions when it comes to touring.
Sources say after poor US concert pre-sales last month, Rihanna has been advised by her day-to-day manager, Jay Brown, to cancel domestic dates on her "Loud" tour.
"It has been a big disappointment," our source said. "The ticket sales in big US cities like Boston are so bad, they will barely cover basics like the lighting and other arena costs. Tour managers are begging local radio stations to do giveaways." Ouch!
Rihanna split from her first manager, Marc Jordan, who launched her career, over a disagreement after her 2010 tour. A rep for Jordan declined to comment. Her new manager, Brown, who is part of Roc Nation, is preparing to make changes, sources say. The tour starts in June 4th in Baltimore and heads to Canada and then around the US before moving to England in August.
But an insider said, "She should've been doing theaters and smaller venues. She's not ready to headline an arena tour." Sources say while the ticket sales are sluggish, Rihanna is demanding all of the bells and whistles to make it a blow-out show. "It's the normal diva requests," an insider said, "which is tolerated, when you make money."
Reps for Rihanna and Roc Nation declined to comment.
Were you planning to see Rihanna on her "Loud" tour? Should she scale down and play smaller venues?