Justin Bieber blames coronavirus for falling ticket sales as he downsizes gigs

Justin Bieber is seemingly shifting the blame of his significantly low ticket sales to the coronavirus , after he was forced to move his upcoming concerts to much smaller venues.

The Canadian singer, 26, is due to embark on a 45-date North American tour from May until September, but it seems as though the tour may not be as big a hit as he originally planned.

Ticket sales for the tour have been weak, leading to organisers to downgrade the venues the pop star was due to perform in from stadiums to arenas.

But now Justin, who is married to model Hailey Bieber , has claimed that ticket sales are low as a result of fans not wanting to risk being around so many people with the virus spreading fast.

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Variety reported : “There was no official announcement from Bieber’s social media accounts, although eight arenas posted notices on  Twitter telling fans that the show has been moved to their venue from a nearby stadium.”

The only explanation for the downsize was due to “unforeseen circumstances” – however the publication has pointed the finger of blame at coronavirus in light of Texas-based music festival SXSW cancelling completely for 2020 as a precaution over health fears.

So far, dates in Glendale Arizona, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Columbus Ohio, Indianapolis, Washington DC and Detroit have all been affected.

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A source close to the tour organisers told Variety it was “a hard decision” to downgrade the capacity of some tour dates – with the decision to play arenas rather than stadiums due to the “financial burden” of having to sell out arena spaces.

But the decision to quietly downsize the tour has been met with speculation by some critics and fans who have pinned the blame on Justin’s recent album, Changes.

The album – released last month – has not been as successful as previous records released by the star, and is the first from Justin since his 2015 Purpose album – and the tour is his first in three years.

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While his newest music venture topped the US Billboard 200 chart as well as the UK Albums chart, it was met with mixed reviews from music critics upon release.

And UK dates may soon be impacted by the downsize too, as the number of coronavirus cases in the country has soared by 64 bringing the country's total to 273 today.

The Department of Health and Social Care said more than 23,513 people have now been tested for the virus.

Ministers fear that 100,000 people could die in the UK from the virus in the worst case scenario, it has emerged.

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