LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Soft ticket sales may have softened the blow of the cancellation of the remaining dates for Justin Bieber's Purpose World Tour for AEG.
According to Billboard, sources with the promoter said that while the overall tour was successful, the final dates in the home stretch, many in mammoth North American stadiums, were seeing slow moving ticket sales.
Of the 14 remaining shows, just one had fully sold out with the others still with seats available. Compounding the problem was extensive inventory available on secondary markets, often priced below face value, undercutting primary sales, Billboard reported.
"If the sales were better, we might have pushed a little harder to try and convince him to finish the tour," an unnamed source at AEG told Billboard.
While sales at the tail end of the tour may have been slow, overall, the tour appears to have been a success by any standard. According to Billboard Boxscore, the 28 dates reported this year grossed $68 million.