If there’s one thing that’s become a necessary with Madonna, it’s to “never count her out”.
The Pop queen had been rocked by the multi-stage leak of her new album, ‘Rebel Heart’, months before its March 10th arrival.
And while she attempted to Olivia Pope the matter by rush-releasing six tracks to iTunes, the lack of buzz for lead single ‘Living For Love’ has had many worried given how close the LP’s release date now is.
Fans needn’t fret, though. Because the singer’s team have unveiled plans which should appease them two-fold.
Material Madge is heading out on a major tour and has unveiled a unique means of tying the trek to the new music. Details below…
The Rebel Heart world tour launches Aug. 29 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, which will begin a run through North American arenas of about 25-30 shows through October, with additional dates likely to be added as certain shows sell out. The artist will then head to the U.K. and Europe for a run of 20-25 shows beginning in November running through the third week in December.
In early 2016, Madonna will take Rebel Heart to Asia and Australia, with those dates expected to be announced by the end of March.
Similar to Madonna’s last tour, MDNA, ($305 million gross, 2.2 million attendance, 88 shows, according to Boxscore), the new record will be bundled with the tickets, which will go on sale beginning March 9. The model will expose the record to more fans, as ticket sales for Madonna –and most superstars — tend to outpace album sales in today’s market. “Really, the key is to get the new music to as many people as possible,” Live Nation exec Arthur Fogel says, “and [bundling] is a pretty obvious way to do that.”
To put into context; Madge’s last album ‘MDNA’ opened with US first week sales of 359,000 (her highest commercial debut since 2000’s ‘Music’). Of that number, 185,000 copies were comprised of fans who took up Live Nation’s offer to buy the LP with their tour tickets.
Say what folk will about the 56-year-old, but it can’t be denied that her team are “on it”. Few artists command the type of pull in the touring sphere that they’d be able to leverage towards music sales. Hence, if Madge can, they why not?!
We foresee healthy sales in other regions too, as the jaunt’s run in parts of the Pacific Rim and Australia mark her first time performing in those areas in over 20 years. As such, with demand likely sky-high, the ticket sales will no doubt rub off handsomely on the numbers of the album.
Anyway, peep the initial batch of announced dates below…