The downgrade is apparently due to low ticket sales prompted by the virus, although a less than ideal reception to his latest album could also have something to do with it.
Justin Bieber has been forced to move his upcoming stadium tour dates to arena-sized venues reportedly due to low ticket sales impacted by coronavirus.
The lagging ticket sales seem to be occurring across the board. At least 9 stadium dates have been downgraded to Arena shows with possibly many more to come. Some of these include major cities such as Denver, Nashville, Tampa, Cleveland, Washington, DC, and Detroit – all supposedly stemming from people’s fear of catching coronavirus.
A statement from Bieber’s team described that the singer would rather “relocate several tour stops to guarantee they could fill seats.” Granted, this does seem to be a better option than playing to empty stadiums.
Recently the singer released his latest album, Changes, which was met with a rather lacklustre reception from the industry.
Michael Cragg from The Guardian described the record as “an album that feels like a purely selfish endeavour on Bieber’s part.” Whilst Jeremy Helligar from Variety described: “Bieber is more concerned with setting a mood than pumping out hooks… [Justin’s] voice and the production are flawless, and his soul is in the right place — but there’s something airless about the album.”
The album, which looks at the deeper aspects of his personal life and love for his wife, has been dubbed a “passion project”. Perhaps this has something to do with the low ticket sales.