Justin Bieber’s Believe tour ticket sales in Australia are reportedly not selling too well.
The 19-year-old, who has just completed a controversial Latin America leg, is scheduled to play eight shows down under from November 26.
The Australia dates are the final leg to Bieber’s 15-month tour which will be aiming to close out the mammoth trek in style.
However, news.com.au report many tickets for his concerts (which were hot back in July when first released), are now selling at half their original price (around $54.00), while others (including front four row seats at $79.00), don’t yet have bids.
In addition, Viagogo, the world’s biggest ticket resale website, says 187 percent sent more Bieber tickets up for resale in Australia than One Direction.
Similar patterns hold true on eBay and other resale sites.
According to Alex Levenson, the top man dealing with the Asia Pacific sector of Viagogo, reasons for the downturn can be squarely laid on Bieber’s “very good impression of an enfant terrible.”
Rattling off specific statistics, Levenson says the website recorded a sales decrease of 23 percent after the Justin’s widely reported visit to a Rio de Janeiro brothel, another slide of 18 percent after online footage of the singer sleeping in a Brazil villa while filmed by a native woman (now revealed as a porn ‘actress’) earlier this month.
The upshot is, the “As Long As You Love Me” singer’s tickets are selling for 41 percent less than his 2010 My World tour. Back then, his concerts sold out in seconds.
However, this time around there are still seats empty in every section of stadiums less than a week before the tour kicks off.
In a video report by Australia’s Channel Ten, hosts talked about the “fade of Bieber Fever,” being directly attributable to his ongoing risqué behavior and negative press, the latest of which saw the 19-year-old forced to issue a corrective tweet after stating he met the Mexican President when he didn’t.
Levenson believes Australian parents are putting the star’s tickets up for resale because they no longer believe he appeals to their idea of family values.
In comparison, One Direction and Beyonce tickets are selling at nearly double.
He adds. “Bieber is feeling the downside of sharing a fanbase with the boys from One Direction.”
Will Justin’s low sales upswing before his arrival down under in a last minute run?