This is pretty hard to believe.
When 4:44 dropped, it was, at the time, the centralized topic of Hip-Hop as expected. Soon after its release, Jay Z’s thirteenth studio album was already topping the Billboard Hot 200 at the No. 1 spot and flexing another platinum plaque to add to the vet’s trophy case. However, new reports have emerged in tandem with various accounts from fans on social media that indicate that the album’s supporting 4:44 Tour has not been doing as well.
It was at the tail end of October that the tour officially hit the road on October 27th in Anaheim, California, and already, fans were seeing plenty of tickets with prices ranging from $6 to $12 on resale sites such as StubHub and Seat Geek within days from the date of the show—an unusual characteristic for an artist frequently attached to sold-out stadiums and arenas.
It was this year that Jay inked a $200 millontouring contract with Live Nation. Neither his team or Live Nation have stepped in front of these new claims, it's still unclear and a little too early to guage where this may leave things. But, our guess is, there's really no need to panic.
Jay Z tickets are $24 for tonight— Mikey 2 Platezz (@MikeyFrsh) October 28, 2017
Just copped some Jay Z tickets at the Forum for a dub. pic.twitter.com/0qdvYMzphD— El Florentino (@wsbeans) October 28, 2017
Jay Z tickets $6 insane. pic.twitter.com/IU2pWb5uVA— Record Executive ♛ (@Atiba_Colossal) October 27, 2017
I'm a go to the Jay Z concert— Fufu Papi💰🌴 (@Taigenz) November 1, 2017
Them tickets cheap
Damn $23 tickets to see JAY Z in DC? Who tryna go?— N.A.S. (@iFredLee) November 2, 2017
Wtf. Jay Z tickets are stupid cheap! can't believe his tour isn't doing that good. Niggas copped tickets for $6— Trizz (@Tr1zz) November 2, 2017
I love Jay Z. His tour was so fucking expensive when they first went on sale. Word is the venue is EMPTY in Anaheim. Tickets goin for $25— Cap Angels (@CapAngels) October 28, 2017
Jay z tickets goin for $20 in Dallas 👀— Trik🏂 (@Trik3Show) October 29, 2017
Lil Pump selling out arenas & working on a new mixtape meanwhile Jay z struggling to sell concert tickets— FLO RIDA Fan account (@My_Fish_Died) November 4, 2017
According to the report published by Digital Music News, a vast number of sections highlighted with the color blue, meaning seats are available in the section, signals lackluster ticket sales.
Upon zooming in on these sections for select dates, it’s clear that a great number of these tickets are a mix of both resale tickets and standard sales with the latter dominating only on a few select dates. Is it probable cause to start the discussion on Hov’s decline? Probably not.