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Jennifer Lopez cancels her troubled ‘This is Me’ summer tour

Jennifer Lopez’s North American summer tour, “This Is Me…Live,” has been canceled amid reports of disappointing ticket sales and constant tabloid rumors about the superstar’s marriage to Ben Affleck.

“Jennifer is taking time to be with her children, family and close friends,” event promotion giant Live Nation said in a statement Friday, informing Ticketmaster customers that their refunds would be issued automatically.

The 54-year-old artist said she was “completely heartbroken and devastated” by the news in a message to fans shared on her website. “Please know that I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t think it was absolutely necessary.”

Lopez did not elaborate on her reasons, but a representative said the decision was not made because of ticket sales.

The nearly two-month tour was scheduled to kick off in Orlando on June 26, with concerts planned across the United States and Canada. But it has been marred by reports of poor sales since its announcement earlier this year.

THE The tour, which would be Lopez’s first in five years, was intended to support her ninth album, “This Is Me…Now,” released in February as her first solo album in nearly a decade. It didn’t do well, debuting at #38 on the Billboard 200 – a career low for the artist. The 13-track album, which the singer said was inspired by her rekindled relationship with Affleck, was also accompanied by a star-studded quasi-biographical fictional film, “This Is Me…Now: A Love Story,” and from a behind-the-scenes documentary, “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told.”

In March, the final seven tour dates in Cleveland, Nashville, Raleigh, North Carolina, Atlanta, Tampa, New Orleans and Houston were canceled. Then, in April, the name of the tour was changed from “This Is Me…Now” to “This Is Me…Live: The Greatest Hits”, which suggested that the tour would focus more on the career. Screenshots of ticket booking websites for J-Lo’s tour dates in Denver, Tulsa and Pittsburgh, published in a Variety article, showed swaths of sections with tickets available.

Similar screenshots of other artists’ performances also circulated on social media. Last month, the Black Keys appeared to be in a similar situation to Lopez. The rock duo said in a statement that they are canceling their North American tour dates and plan to reschedule performances in smaller venues to provide an “exciting and intimate experience for fans and the band.”

Other musicians have also had to change their tour schedules. The Jonas Brothers announced in April that they were postponing the European leg of their tour due to scheduling conflicts. Pink was unable to perform a few concerts last year due to a respiratory infection, and Justin Timberlake canceled a show earlier this year after coming down with the flu.

Live Nation has faced increased scrutiny from the federal government, which last month filed an antitrust lawsuit against the company and its subsidiary Ticketmaster, claiming they operate as an effective monopoly on the live music industry.

Meanwhile, Lopez has remained silent amid a wave of unconfirmed reports claiming she and Affleck are having relationship problems. The couple, nicknamed “Bennifer” when their relationship became a cultural obsession in the early 2000s, recently rekindled their romance and married in 2022. For the past few weeks, the tabloids have been running headlines about “problems of marriage “.

When Lopez was asked to address the rumors at a press conference last week for her latest film “Atlas,” she replied, “You know better than that.”

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News Source : www.washingtonpost.com

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