The recession has been affecting us regular folks for a couple years now. But it seems to finally be catching up to celebrities. Rihanna has taken a hit on her summer tour, and just announced cancellations today.
According to the Live Nation, Rihanna has canceled five shows on her “Last Girl on Earth” tour due to low ticket sales. Of course, the “official” excuse was “scheduling conflicts.”
The cities she’ll no longer be performing at are Phoenix, Dallas, and Atlanta, Denver and Indianapolis. And she’s not the only one—Christina Aguilera recently announced she was scrapping her entire tour, and said she didn’t have enough time to prepare. But with the way tour revenue has been dropping, we can’t help but wonder about her reasoning.
According to Pollstar.com, gross revenue for the top 100 tours in North America in the first six months of 2010 is down nearly $200 million from last year, which is a 17 percent drop. As for ticket sales, the top 100 acts sold an average of 6,951 tickets per show, down about 9 percent from 7,639 during the same period in 2009.
Major acts such as The Eagles, the Jonas Brothers and the Lilith Fair have canceled or scrapped stops on their tours, but Pollstar editor in chief Gary Bongiovanni said others — including Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Muse are doing just fine.
There’s the proof that Gaga and Bieber are untouchable….at least for now!