Though singer and pop icon Rihanna is widely known as one of the highest charting artists in the music industry, she is having a hard time selling tickets for her tour.
The Barbados-native was told by her new manager to cancel some of her U.S. tour dates because of low sales, according to the NY Post.
“It has been a big disappointment,” the Post’s source said. “The ticket sales in big US cities like Boston are so bad, they will barely cover basics like the lighting and other arena costs. Tour managers are begging local radio stations to do giveaways.”
This draws some parallel to Rihanna’s July 24 performance at the TD Garden arena in Boston, Massachusetts. The concert required the sale of 15,000 to cover costs, but only a reported 3,700 tickets were sold. The reported loss for that date alone was an estimated $500,000.
Rihanna’s “Loud” tour starts on June 4 in Baltimore, and will then continue across North America. Stops will be in locations such as Toronto, New Jersey and Philadelphia.