Drake Postpones North American Tour Because Of Album Delay… And Weak Ticket Sales?

September 23, 2013  |  

Drake in a Jayden Smith tee at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Try CW/WENN.com

Sources tell the New York Post that Drake is pushing back the start of his North American tour to October 18 because of soft ticket sales.

The “Would You Like a Tour” was announced back in June and was supposed to start in the middle of this month. Drake will be on the road with the rapper Future and leg-dropping crooner Miguel. But the month-long delay was announced on Friday “due to an intense rehearsal schedule and technical production requirements that will be part of the show,” said a statement.

Not true, says the Post, which writes that competition with other acts like Jay Z and Kanye is tying up concert goer dollars.

The Post also points out a host of other issues that contributed to the delay. The release date for Drake’s new album “Nothing Was The Same” was changed to this Tuesday from last week. Page Six says the change caused a “whole spiral of things” that impacted the tour. And Drizzy wants fans to hear the music in the weeks leading up to the tour. Drake’s people maintain that the tour is “nearly sold out in every major market.”

Every time a song leaks from the new album, it’s trending on Twitter, so there’s definitely buzz. But what causes a buzz and what actually turns into sales are two different things. On the face of it though, it seems like Drizzy’s fans wouldn’t miss the chance to come out and sing along with him in concert, no matter the cost. #Yolo right?

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  • funkynights

    do not see drake. i saw him live at a free event in Cali and I left early. Hes not worth your money, nor time. His vocals are weak as hell, and he is shouting the entire time. Not hating, but if youre looking for a top notch performer, who can sing live; look elsewhere

    • AnonyChick

      I’ve seen him live once–during his last tour. I thought he was a good performer. He is definitely not a good live singer though. Sounds terrible singing live. Stick to the rap songs.

  • Staph

    I would go see Drake and Kanye, Jay Z don’t do much for me musically. The prices are pretty steep, even for the nosebleeds. I’ve saw Kanye in concert twice and I loved it, plus now he’s bringing Kendrick on tour, it’s gone be good. Just saw Kendrick at the RTB and he was good, so I now he is going to bring the fire. I still have time to think about going to the Drake concert, I don’t know though….

  • hiimcliff

    I can speak for myself. I got tickets for Powerhouse and the Yeezy concert. I thought about Drake but I’d rather see Kendrick and Yeezy live. So what the post is saying is true. And if I had more money to spend on concerts I probably would have went to Jay-Z.

  • enlightenment

    I kind of doubt that Drake has “weak ticket sales.” And your source is “The Post” so… Maybe if it was Jason DeRulo, (someone with a smaller fan base), I would believe it.

  • Tonyoardee

    What ever happened to having one set general admission price to concerts and having a pit?

    • Nope

      Right! I was just thinking this when I recently purchased some tickets. I know it depends on the venue, but I haven’t come across those in a while.

  • AnonyChick

    I can speak for myself–I was interested in the concert until I saw the ticket prices. No, thanks.

  • Tonyoardee

    I love Drake and I Stan for him on Jayden Smith levels even as a grown man but his ticket prices are way too high… His show is the same price as Kanye an that’s alot een for Ye

    • AnonyChick

      I JUST said the same thing! I’ve seen both Drake and Kanye live. I don’t think Drake is at the point where he can charge Kanye prices (which are also outrageous).

  • Nope

    I have plans to see Jay-Z’s, Kanye’s, and maybe Drake’s shows and financially Drake would be the weak link for me, so I can understand the point about tying up concert goer’s dollars, especially since Jay-Z and Kanye will be out of town shows for me.

  • bluekissess

    Jayden on his shirt though? I laughed so hard after I seen him praying after Drake’s performance