Artists make money on the road. With the decline of record sales, and the controversial payout for streams taking over, the best way for an artist to eat is on the road. Ashanti was slated to perform at Stony Brook University’s Back To Brook event later this month, but her show has been axed. According to Bossip, the show was canceled after selling only 24 tickets. The school released a statement about the cancellation, writing:
“As an organization, we do our best to host programs for students while providing diversity and inclusion. However, we have struggled to execute certain aspects. With only a week before the concert, only 24 tickets were sold to students.”
To be fair, the event was initially supposed to be headlined by Teyana Taylor. Taylor pulled out of the concert two weeks prior, and Stony Brook reached out to Ashanti to take over. The event was never properly promoted as event organizers rushed to change things last minute, which led to the horrendous sales. Add that to the fact most young college kids aged 18-22 were barely out of diapers when Ashanti dropped her first album, and you come up with 24 ticket sales. Currently, Ashanti is working on a joint album with frequent collaborator, Ja Rule.