Iggy Azalea’s Great Escape Tour Cancelled

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Posted June 1, 2015 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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Pop rapper’s 2015 tour will have “one less problem without ya” as it falls into cancellation mode

Last year, rising rap star Iggy Azalea broke out with her debut The New Classic. The popular album, which sold over 500,000 copies in the US, yielded a number of hit singles, particularly the summer anthem  of 2014 — “Fancy.” She also dropped a few lines on other songs for other pop stars throughout the year, including Ariana Grande’s “Problem.”

And all of a sudden, the Australian rapper took a bite of the fame monster and experienced a heavy ego explosion.

Heavy demands and booking big arenas drove the Australian rap star overboard. And now we’ve learned that her Great Escape Tour tour has been cancelled. The short-lived, but very troubled U.S. tour had problem selling out arenas and stadiums, Other than just having one album to tout, Azalea’s tour had major problems getting off thee ground because she wanted more creative control and lots of pompous stage construction. that’s when the tour experienced is firs postponement. “It is bumped back because I am a psychopath – it’s my first arena tour, so it’s a big undertaking and I’m doing a lot of the creative direction,” Azalea told 97.1 AMP back in March (via New York Times). The tour, which was officially announced in December 2014, also struggled to secure opening acts, settling for Nick Jonas, who’s solo career is still bubbling. and 22-year old actress/model/singer Tinashe. The latter only has on album to her credit.

In December, Azalea tweeted the wrong Jonas brother as her opening act, typing “Joe” as her “special guest” instead.

Of course much of the tour’s woes surrounded the fact that tickets were simply not selling. The L.A.-oriented news blog Defamer published a screenshot pointing at the available tickets at the 19,000-seat Staples Center, showing that the seats for the venue was poorly undersold. Tickets had been on sale for more than 3 months.

“There will be a new tour planned around Iggy’s new record to be released in 2016 and we apologize for any inconvenience,” Iggy’s press statement read.

In March, around the time trouble first broke about the tour producers scrambling to find opening acts, she tried to silence the noise. “It’s my first arena tour. And I’d like it to not be my last arena tour,” she said in March, after the tour was re-scheduled.

Cancellations do not include some dates. According to a tweet on the rapper’s feed, appearances at Pittsburgh Pride, Ottawa Bluesfest, Québec Summer Festival, or Washington State Fair are still on.

There’s an old saying that says you have to crawl before you walk. And besides all the controversy surrounding the tabloids involving hip-hop appropriation and the many critics that refuse to take her seriously , you still have to be an opening act first before you walk.

 


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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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