In 2005, over a sparkling Shirley Bassey sample, Jay-Z requested something very simple — “Let me handle my business, damn.” Unfortunately, publications and fans did not oblige last week. On Friday (November 3), Digital Music News reported that Jay-Z’s 4:44 tour is experiencing low ticket sales and potentially empty arenas.
Yesterday, Omar Al-Joulani, the VP of touring at Live Nation, came forward to debunk the news in a statement to Billboard: “This tour will be the biggest headlining tour of Jay’s career.” According to Live Nation, Jay’s 4:44 tour is the highest-grossing solo tour of his career, and sales are up 21 percent from 2013’s Magna Carta Tour.
The root of the confusion seems to be fans on social media posting about the price of tickets on Ticketmaster and resale sites like StubHub and Seat Geek. However, this all seems to be going according to plan for Live Nation and Jigga.
tickets to see Jay Z and Vic Mensa tonight are $11. insane. pic.twitter.com/tHDXu3bbln
— kat (@whackkat) October 27, 2017
You wanna know what’s more important than buying tickets to a washed up Jay Z concert? https://t.co/DSY3Wg1By3
— Ry (@JustRyCole) November 2, 2017
Jay Z tickets $6 insane. pic.twitter.com/IU2pWb5uVA
— Record Executive ♛ (@Atiba_Colossal) October 27, 2017