Usher’s Tour Already in Shambles?
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Usher recently announced he is heading on yet another world tour, and the timing makes sense considering he will be dropping a new studio album pretty soon. However, now there are rumors suggesting the tour is already in struggle mode because tickets aren’t selling fast enough.
It also doesn’t help that his opening act, August Alsina, was hospitalized for a week due to a severe case of dehydration.
Page Six reports:
Music insiders tell us that most venues on the 27-city tour have been selling only a fraction of the available seats.
They estimate sales are so soft that promoter Live Nation may lose $5 million on the project.
“Usher’s sales will be fine in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, but he’s selling so badly in other markets that the good ones can’t offset the bad ones,” said one source.
One reason might be the lack of a strong opening act — August Alsina was to open, but recently collapsed during a performance and was hospitalized for a week.
The publication also claims Usher has even pushed back his album’s release date (it was supposed to drop this fall).
Now this report should be taken with a grain of salt considering the same was said about Beyonce and Jay Z’s “on The Run” tour and that tour ended up being the second most successful tour of the year behind popular boy bad One Direction.