Iggy Azalea was the definition of overnight success. She appeared from nowhere with a huge single, ‘Work’ in 2013. It blew up and paved the way for an enormous career. She wasn’t exactly hiding in the shadows before this though. She spent years working on music in her native Australia before making it big in America. When she dropped “Fancy” in 2014, everything changed. It hit number one on the Billboard chart and all across the planet.
The collaboration with Charli XCX was a massive hit, but not without its controversy. It sparked tension between the rap community and Azalea. A number of artists claimed she was ripping off black culture and forgetting her Australian roots. It was a messy time for the media, and Iggy. Now, the spotlight is back on her for yet another negative reason. She has just announced an entire rescheduling of her North American tour. Dubbed The Great Escape Tour, it has been pushed back months, now starting in September.
Her team made a statement suggesting lack of promotion as the main reason behind the postponement. We think that’s code word for “they didn’t sell enough tickets”! Her management team at Def Jam records have been relatively quiet. Though they have posted the following statement. “To accommodate for creative team availability and tour productions, it was determined that the tour will not be ready this spring. It’s important to Iggy that she delivers the show she envisaged to share with her fans. That requires more time in development.”
Iggy herself spoke to GQ about the tour. She told them: “I want everything to be right. Everything from the tour book to what someone wears. Even the right faces for the dancers, and their attitude. Everything is equally important. At the moment, I’m just trying to work on the initial stage design and making a stage that I feel like can engage in an arena that big.” She’s certainly committed to putting on the best show possible.
It is certainly true that tour production is a complex process. It requires a huge team, hundreds of audio interfaces, microphones and transport. To produce an arena tour on this scale, everything must be perfect. But, we think there are some deeper problems at play here! Rumours suggest that there are rifts in the management.
Iggy recently handed over social media control to Def Jam (her managers). It came after beef with rapper Azealia Banks and the issue of black cultural appropriation. Let’s just say it got nasty! Sounds like there are bigger problems at the heart which needs time to resettle.
Here are those rescheduled tour dates in full:
Friday, Sept. 18 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
Sunday, Sept. 20 Fresno, CA SaveMart Center
Thursday, Sept. 24 Oakland, CA The Oracle Arena
Friday, Sept. 25 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Thursday, Oct. 1 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Friday, Oct. 2 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Saturday, Oct. 3 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Monday, Oct. 5 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Tuesday, Oct. 6 Boston, MA TD Garden
Thursday, Oct. 8 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Saturday, Oct. 10 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Sunday, Oct.11 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Monday, Oct. 12 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Thursday, Oct. 15 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Saturday, Oct. 17 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Sunday, Oct. 18 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Thursday, Oct. 22 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Friday, Oct. 23 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Sunday, Oct. 25 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Tuesday, Oct. 27 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena