Damage Control Begins Surrounding Iggy Azalea’s Great Escape Tour

June 4, 2015 By Jordan Miller

It’s Tinashe and Nick Jonas’ fault.

Damage Control Begins Surrounding Iggy Azalea's Great Escape Tour

Reps for Iggy Azalea’s booking agency claim they didn’t rally their full support behind Iggy’s axed tour because she couldn’t fill the opening number slots.

Uh huh. Reports ran rampant this week following the announcement Azalea is engaged to fiance Nick Young of a cancelled tour due to a “creative change of heart” as well as not finding proper talent to open the show once Nick Jonas and Tinashe pulled out after the initial reschedule hullabaloo. As a result, CAA, who represents Azalea and AEG Live, say they didn’t deploy their marketing material.

“As we were not able to fill the support slots on the tour in the fall, due to so many artists already having commitments and working this summer, we had not advertised or promoted the new shows since last winter,” AEG Live’s senior VP Debra Rathwell tells Billboard. “The dates were selling well and were going to do fine.”

That claim was disputed by industry insiders, saying some shows only sold at 20% capacity. Asked if they considered moving to smaller venues, Rathwell said “there was no reason to do so.”

Azalea said of the tour:

I’ve been going non-stop for the past two years, nearly every single day. I’m not in a bad place. I think sometimes when you say you need a mental break, people are like, ‘A mental break? Be sure you don’t have a breakdown because you’re sad.’ No, not necessarily. It’s very emotionally draining to be on all the time and going all the time, planning all the time. It’s a lot, and it’s tough. I need a break from everything to just enjoy what I worked so hard for, and I don’t really feel like I’ve had a chance to do that. I need a break to figure out what I want my sound to progress to, and I need a break to figure out how I want my visuals to progress.

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