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Another Rihanna Concert Date Canceled
July 14, 2010, 1:45 am
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With little fanfare, Rihanna has canceled the Denver date of her “Last Girl on Earth” tour on Thursday. The R&B diva was to play Comfort Dental Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village on Thursday, but there is no longer any sign of that show on the singer’s website or, where tickets were being sold. Pop star Ke$ha was to open the show.

A Live Nation rep did confirm that Rihanna’s Denver date has been cancelled — not postponed, so it’s not being rescheduled. Refunds are available at point of purchase for ticketholders.

The Live Nation website does include a short note: “Due to a change in Rihanna’s schedule, she can no longer appear in Denver at the Comfort Dental Amphitheater July 15th, 2010. Fans who purchased tickets will receive a refund. Rihanna apologizes to her Denver fans and hopes to make it up to them on the next tour.”

More Cancellations For Rihanna Tour
July 9, 2010, 1:39 pm
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Rihanna has been forced to scrap another date on her Last Girl on Earth North American Tour, reportedly due to poor ticket sales.

The Umbrella hitmaker axed the launch show of her Last Girl On Earth Tour with Ke$ha last week. Tour promoters blamed changes in production for the cancellation. Now comes news of at least two more cancellations. Rihanna’s Aug. 3 show at Indiana’s Verizon Wireless Music Center has been scrapped, according to TicketMaster. In addition, ticket holders for Rihanna’s July 15 performance in Denver show were notified this week that that show had also been cancelled.

The summer of 2010 has not been kind to traveling musicians. Last week, Sheryl Crowe’s Lilith Fair cut 10 dates after failing to pack arenas. And just Thursday, Live Nation announced that American Idol’s annual Idols Live! stage show would be busting up two weeks early, citing a lack of public interest in this year’s lineup.

Rihanna has found “balance” in her life
July 1, 2010, 12:16 pm
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Rihanna insists she has found peace at last.  She explained to Seventeen magazine: “There’s a balance in my life that wasn’t there before. It’s a really different peace, a different energy. I’m really enjoying life right now.”

The 22-year-old pop star admits the attack left her shaken and made her re-evaluate certain aspects of her life.

She added: “The assault came at the end of an incredible year for me, career-wise. Now I kind of look back on it as the beginning of a new era, almost like it was a wake-up call for me. It was a massive turning point for me in my life.”  Now Rihanna who is dating Los Angeles Dodgers baseball star Matt Kemp is encouraging her fans to find the happiness she has by pursuing their own goals.

She said: “Don’t be afraid to be yourself just because you’re not like everybody else in class.  “If you want to dye your hair green and that’s what makes you happy, then dye your hair green – no matter what other people might say about it. Not everybody is going to like you, that’s the world we live in, that’s reality.”

Rihanna cancels White River tour launch
June 29, 2010, 4:41 am
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Pop star Rihanna has called off her scheduled tour launch Friday at Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre due to “production changes,” Live Nation announced today. The singer’s Last Girl On Earth Tour – which also features pop upstart Ke$ha – will instead kick off on the Fourth of July at Vancouver, BC’s General Motors Place.

Ticket refunds will be available at point of purchase. As a policy, Live Nation does not comment on ticket sales, according to local marketing coordinator Ashley Graham, who did not elaborate on how many tickets had been sold for the White River show

Rihanna in ‘Barbados land controversy’
June 25, 2010, 1:28 pm
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Politicans in Barbados have been criticised for giving Rihanna a free plot of land.

Minister of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley gave the singer the piece of real estate, located in Apes Hill, in appreciation for her work in boosting tourism to the nation.

However, Government Minister Gline Clarke slammed Lashley’s decision, saying that the land should have gone to poorer citizens in the area.

“Why is the government paying millions of dollars for land for someone who’s already making millions?” he said.

Rihanna has not commented on the matter.

Rihanna Sets very specific backstage demands
June 17, 2010, 1:18 pm
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With the U.S. leg of Rihanna’s 2010 world tour scheduled to kick off next month in Auburn, Washington, concert promoters are preparing to deal with the Rihanna’s very specific backstage demands.

According to her tour rider, excerpted below, Rihanna is rather particular when it comes to candles, flowers, and seating in her dressing room. A six-foot couch needs to be “White, Cloth, Plush (No leather)” and “wide enough for her to stretch out on and sometime take a nap.” Animal print throw pillows (“Cheetah, Leopard”) cannot have sequins. Since Rihanna’s arena digs are often locker rooms normally occupied by basketball and hockey players, the spaces need to be spruced up with “Icy Blue Chiffon” placed atop drapery and “Archipelago Black Forest Candles.” The bathroom, of course, must be “spotless,” and the toilet has to be deep cleaned before the star’s arrival.

Rihanna, 22, also requires a large throw rug (plush, with an animal print) in her dressing room. The rug, her rider notes, “must be CLEAN, as she will walk on it barefoot.” Though perhaps shower slippers or flip-flops are advisable considering the sweaty occupants who normally fill these spaces.

Rihanna’s tour on the verge of being cancelled?
June 14, 2010, 9:32 pm
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Rihanna fans, you’re not going to like this. It seems as though slowly Rihanna concert dates are being canceled, due to poor ticket sales.

Starting a few months ago, Rihanna made headlines when she began having difficulty selling tickets to her tour with Ke$ha and Travie McCoy. Last week she announced that she would have to drop her dates in Arizona and in Dallas.

“Rihanna’s people came up with some story that they were canceling the Arizona show because of the immigration issue, however that was a lie. It was because she couldn’t sell more than a third of the tickets.”

“The entire tour is starting to look like it willy LOSE money. 9 times out of 10, when promoters realize a tour is a money loser, it gets cancelled.”

The issue may be that Rihanna who has mostly a female audience, is trying to sell out arenas such as the Staples Center in Los Angeles instead of settling for smaller venues which would easily fill for her shows.

Last week, Christina Aguilera’s, another artist with weaning popularity, had her concert canceled.