Rihanna Covers 17 + Disputes Poor Sales Claim

Rihanna’s once mighty “Last Girl On Earth” tour seems to have run into a few snags over the last couple of weeks. Since embarking upon the North American leg of her tour, Rihanna has had to cancel six shows and those shows that haven’t been canceled are not completely sold out. The singer’s reps denied the cancellation were due to poor sales, instead blaming a scheduling conflict for shows being scrapped in Colorado, Indiana and California.

If poor sales are the root of the problem, Rihanna can add her name to a whole list of mighty artists who have had to scale back their summer concert plans. Limp Bizkit and Christina Aguilera scrapped summer tour plans altogether and instead plan to start touring in the fall. Other acts like the Jonas Brothers, Lilith Fair and American Idols Live- have also had to either cancel or reschedule shows.

In a bit of related Rihanna news- the singer is covering the August edition of Seventeen Magazine. There has also been talk [rumors] on fashion forums of the singer covering the September edition of Vogue magazine, which had previously been associated with Halle Berry. If this turns out to be true I think it is a fantastic move on the part of Anna Wintour. Halle is great and all, but she is also a safe choice. Rihanna however is hot at the moment and a true fashion diva. You can never go wrong putting her face on the cover of a magazine.

14 Comments

  1. The September cover? Eeeee!!! This would be wonderful! As for her tour, this recession is a mother. Cute pics 🙂

  2. *Team Rihanna* she is strong she can make it through anything :hifive: “It’s not the end of the world”

  3. I’ll always be her friend. Took an oath and I’ma stick it out till the end! Funny how everyone thought she was the shit just before the “incident”. Now people think she is corrupted or something. Rated R is a great album and her tour rocks! Fuck the haters! She doin her own thing, not necessarily what everyone wants. Good for her! It can be hard breaking outta that “Beyonce” image they make every pop girl become now. (no shade @ Bey) Riri gonna keep on hustlin! She ain’t done yet.

  4. RiRi4life, stop with the excusses, she is green (low sales, a lot available seats) in each show, the economy and Beyonce has not one thing to do with poor ticket sales and you know it, it’s Rihanna and her to many lack of when performing live that’s the case. You plan a tour so the scheduling has already been input from the start. Rihanna cant even appeal to the young crowd and they are the ones that will go see anything and spend. Rated R was a flop and you know it also, only thing came out of that that did good was Rude Boy.

  5. This is the honest review to date for her and you know it.

    as masks, dancing German soldiers, a giant pink tank, a prom dress that lit up, various bondage outfits, break-dancing crash test dummies, lasers, trapeze artists, Day-Glo dancers looking like extras from “Tron,” and a big car torn to pieces … all in 90 minutes.

    That Rihanna knows how to throw a party.

    Which was the best way to approach Rihanna’s concert Saturday night at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. In terms of production, the 22-year-old Rihanna rivals the most ridiculous examples of over-the-top stage shows in history. And, like a lot of those acts, the special effects cover up what’s lacking.

    Rihanna’s tour came to Mountain View Saturday already bruised by several canceled dates due to poor ticket sales. But she drew a sizable, and widely diverse, crowd to the Shoreline. And like many of her contemporaries, she’s hardly cutting back on the frills. Any female solo artist dragging such a big production into big venues will naturally be compared to standard bearers like Madonna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, and, now, Lady Gaga. But a better comparison would be Cher, who doesn’t dance, isn’t the greatest singer, and relies on big bang for the buck. Though that might not be a fair comparison either, as Cher’s humor and personality brings a human element that Rihanna lacks.

    Then again, Rihanna is 22, confidant and stunningly beautiful — an attribute she uses well live, if skintight leather andondage outfits don’t offend you. But the mark of a great performer, when stripped down from chaos, is the ability to convert people who aren’t already fans (and Rihanna’s are rabid). But she’s not there yet.

    By second song “Hard,” there’d already been two costume changes, a trapeze act, and dancing Nazis (it was like a Mel Brooks movie suddenly broke out), and Rihanna was not-so-subtly straddling the swinging turret of a large pink tank on the right side of the stage. That led into “Shut Up and Drive,” a solid crossover song with a big riff that really moved vocally, if one noticed over the half-destroyed car and twirling crash test dummies dominating the stage.

    The vocals, which were barely discernible the first few songs, got better as the night went on. Rihanna actually sounds better live than on record, where production trumps a voice that often sounds paper thin. But by the time she picked up a guitar and pseudo-jammed with her two real guitarists and started throwing the metal-horns gesture (she’d obviously learned a couple chords, but that seemed about it) it was obvious that she was trying to do too much. As Madonna has proved, it’s hard for a singing diva to show much cred when she picks up a guitar.

    But cred didn’t matter much at that point. The production was a well-oiled machine. The pacing was exhaustive, which was great for her young fans, but lacked humanity — something that finally made an appearance during the slow jam “Now I Know” (even though Rihanna, comically, was still wearing a leather outfit showing a good portion of her rear end). It was nice to finally hear her voice carry a song, which continued into “Unfaithful.”

    Of course, the smoke-and-mirrors returned with pounding dance song “Don’t Stop the Music,” after the singer changed into what looked like a costume made of duct-tape, while her backing dancers glowed like products of an ’80s video game. They broke out white gas masks during the otherwise well-done “SOS (Rescue Me),” which was fun, but highlighted the fact that Rihanna is missing something live.

    Maybe she purposely sets herself up, because, in contrast to all the craziness, the ballad “Take a Bow” was maybe the best song of the night, with Rihanna hanging her legs off the stage and just singing. The circus returned for “Wait Your Turn,” and encore hit “Umbrella.” Which made sense. It was the big bang ending the evening required. A Rihanna show is one of the most entertaining concerts going. But one can’t help but think she won’t be complete until she can get the same thrills out of fans by merely sitting in a room and singing.

    Source: MercuryNews.com

  6. bored: So what is your real problem with rihanna if you don’t mind me asking 🙂

  7. I just dont give credit where it is not due. If you keep putting a person in the right place, at the right time, all the time! what do you get? A Rihanna. The reviewer said it all and that’s her in a nutshell. Nothing personal at all.

  8. She is more of an international artisist. She is huge overseas like Kelly Rowland. Nobody new is selling out arenas in America even you all’s queen B. I think that says more about the economy than anything else.

  9. So you give rihanna zero credit and that is your opinion right? well i give rihanna beyonce and ciara zero credit, but you seem to be madly in love with beyonce does that mean that because i think she is whack you automatically should think she is whack too? Furthermore should i be under every beyonce post talking bad about her,everytime?

  10. Bored continues to be in EVERY Rihanna post.I dont dont get people like you.If you hate her so much, why are you so obsessed with her? Its amazing.You know all her sales, her concert numbers, her performances.You write an essay, al for someone you supposedly say deserves zero credit?You need help.You dont even know this girl.Get a grip.If she’s not your taste move on and support those who are your favs.Rihanna had cancelled six tour dates.Her concert is a world tour.So as she goes to Africa,South America,Asia, and Austrialia, I want yall to continue hating, while she makes her money.

  11. DIDN’T SADE WENT DOUBLE PLANTINUM OR PLANTIUM WITH HER LATEST CD? SADE PUTS OUT RECORDS EVERY 10 YEARS, OR WHEN THE MOOD HITS HER, AND PEOPLE DESPITE THE ECONOMIC STATUS BUY HER MUSIC AND GO TO HER CONCERT. WHY IS THAT? BECAUSE SHE IS FOCUS ON WHAT REALLY MATTERS , THE MUSIC. PEOPLE KNOW REAL ARTISTS , AND IT’S NOT OVER SATUATING THE MARKET WITH ANYTHING WITH YOUR NAME ON IT. TRUE ARTISTS TAKE THEIR TIME TO PUT OUT GOOD MUSIC, BECAUSE THEY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THE ARTFORM AND NOT THE PUBLICITY OR THE IMAGE. THAT IS WHY THE NEW GENERATION OF SINGERS, THAT INCLUDES BEYONCE, KELLY ROWLAND, CIARA, ETC, ARE NOT SELLING RECORDS, BECAUSE YOU CAN’T FOOL THE GENERAL PUBLIC, NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU STAMP YOUR NAME TO A MAGAZINE OR PRODUCT.

  12. IT’S NOT THE ECONOMY, IT’S THE LACK OF GOOD MUSIC, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC KNOWS THAT. THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS A JOKE BECAUSE REAL ARTISTS ARE BEING PUBHED BY THE WAYSIDE FOR TRENDS.

  13. I love live performances and Rihanna has some catchy songs but can she really perform live. If you’re average at best on an award show performance, that becomes a factor when it’s time to fill an arena. The country’s economic woes have an impact on all extracirricular expenditures, therefore, if you are a sub par performer, you’re going to face these type of issues with your US concert dates. Good luck Rihanna and she’ll garner more support overseas.

  14. For the person who put Beyonce in the mix of not selling alot of album. Her last album sold three million in the states and almost 7 million world wide. As for her not selling out areanas, her last tour grossed 86 million at the end of 2009, and the last 15 shows in 2010 grossed 27.5 million. You may not like her, but please get your facts straight. Just because Rihanna is not doing well on her tour does not give you the right to blame the ecomony for her failures. People are just not feeling her right now no matter how much her management team or record label try to hype her up by getting her on magazine covers.

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