On Wednesday evening, Madonna announced that she was postponing (not cancelling as some have said) her first five shows due to more preparation time needed. Billboard first reported the article and quoted Madonna on the postponement.
“As my fans already know, the show has to be perfect. Assembling all the elements will require more time than we realized. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my fans. I can promise you this show will be worth the wait. Can’t wait to share it with all my Rebel Hearts out there.”
Two of the cities Madonna postponed, Miami and Puerto Rico, had double bookings — this means that the first show sold well enough to add another. A call to Live Nation Friday afternoon revealed that the postponed shows are near sellouts, even three months before the actual shows. That didn’t stop sites such as Oh No They Didn‘t from spreading dubious information about ticket sales.
“Madonna stunned fans when we mysteriously postponed her opening night Miami show and concerts in Puerto Rico and Atlanta for her ‘Rebel Heart Tour’. But after months of rumors of sluggish ticket sales, sources say poor sales are in fact the reason for the changed itinerary.”
Rumors of poor ticket sales and Madonna going bankrupt have hit all of her tours. In 2004, several headlines called Madonna’s Reinvention Tour a flop. It grossed $125 million and posted sellouts at every stop except one, where she still sold more than 60,000 tickets. In 2008, the New York Post ran a front-page article on how Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet Tour was going to be almost empty. That tour ended up grossing $408 million and becoming the biggest selling tour ever by a solo artist. Four years later, the New York Post said Madonna’s MDNA Tour was flopping. That grossed over $300 million.
Within a couple days after tickets went on sale for Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, the New York Post derided Madonna because she didn’t sell out all her concert dates in one day — something nobody can do anymore, especially when tickets cost more than $350.
“Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ might better be called ‘Like a Has-Been’…But tickets are not selling as briskly as for her ‘MDNA’ tour in 2012, leaving thousands of unsold seats in the eight North American cities that began selling tickets on March 9.”
Within a month of going on sale, second and even third dates were added for the Rebel Heart Tour in Prague, London, Paris, Edmonton, Miami, New York City, Puerto Rico, and others. This isn’t bad for someone who many in the press declares as “irrelevant.”
Madonna’s album Rebel Heart, despite excellent reviews, hasn’t exactly conquered the music world. However, Madonna is a top-notch concert attraction and her shows will likely make millions of dollars till the day she dies.
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