Rihanna follows other struggling artists, canceling tour stops
HollywoodNews.com: Concert tours are struggling this summer and Rihanna is just one of the latest artists to cancel some gigs.
The pop singer axed stops in Denver, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta on her Last Girl on Earth Tour due to “scheduling conflicts.” Prior she canceled a July 2 kickoff in Auburn, Washington.
Pollstar magazine recently reported that North American tickets hit a five year low for the first six months of the year due to the recession and high ticket prices. The top 100 tours grossed $965.5 million for the frame, off 17% from the same period a year ago. In 2005, the same tally generated $731 million.
Such tours by the Eagles, the Jonas Brothers and the American Idols Live! posted lackluster sales. Other artists deciding to throw in the tour towel this year include Christina Aguilera, the Go-Go’s and Limp Bizkit.
On the upside, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Muse, Taylor Swift and James Taylor with Carole King have been doing solid business.
The top-grossing show this year so far was the Coachella festival, which drew 225,000 fans and grossed $21.7 million. Bon Jovi posted the best sales for a North American tour with $52.8 million, followed by Taylor and King at $41 million and Swift at $34.2 million.