She may be a media darling, but Rihanna’s fan following isn’t translating into sales.

Page Six reports that even with even with new management from Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, Rihanna has struggled to sell out arenas on her own. The singer has had to cancel dates in Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver and Indianapolis due to low-ticket sales.

Rihanna’s manager, Jay Brown, has advised the singer to cancel some of her shows before the concert dates on her “Loud” tour.

Among her upcoming shows is a performance at T.D. Garden arena in Boston on July 24 with Cee Lo Green. So far only 3,700 tickets have been sold, far from the 15,000 needed for Roc Nation to break even. Unless sales pick up drastically between then and now, the company could be looking at half-million dollars in losses from the Boston concert alone.

Though the profit margin from her shows have been lower than expected, Rihanna’s expectations for the show have not taken the same hit.

Sources say while the ticket sales are sluggish, Rihanna is demanding all of the bells and whistles to make it a blow-out show. “It’s the normal diva requests,” an insider said, “which is tolerated, when you make money.”


It’s hard to imagine the pop diva doesn’t have the fan following to pack arenas. What’s the missing link? Tell us what you think, Clutchettes!

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  • polkadot

    Rihanna is a robot. She was created by Jay-Z and Roc Nation PR team to look good and sell sex.The people wanted sexy, wild, exotic and fierce.(there’s only so much Beyonce is willing to do these days) PR delivered Rihanna decked out in spikes,red flaming lipstick and enough sex appeal to make me double back at her Vogue cover. Pause. But they left out one crucial element…TALENT! Now don’t get me wrong, I def. rock out to ‘Rude Boy’ and ‘S&M’ when I hear it on the radio, but that’s only because Rih Rih has great producers and writers in her corner (if your gonna build an artist from scratch, why not give em the best money can buy) She can’t sing and based on previous lives performance via The VMAs, All Star halftime show, she’s boring on stage. Might as well save your dollars and tune into Fuse’s Rihanna Takeover

  • allCreatedEqual

    She’s probably lost the respect of a lot of people – singing about enjoying hurting other people and enjoying pain. Its disgusting….

  • Jill

    Rihanna is pretty but doesn’t have a good voice. My 12 and 16 year old daughters don’t even like her because in their words “she is a sell-out”. She sells sex and violence intermingled, and I wonder if she has any real feelings at all. People want to associate lyrics with the singer. She needs self-respect, not a desire for gold, to be a superstar, IMHO.