Gigs & Festivals

Enrique pulls out of Britney US tour hours after announcement

By | Published on Wednesday 30 March 2011

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias has reportedly pulled out of a North American tour with Britney Spears just hours after it was announced. Although neither side has yet given a statement on the matter, Billboard reports that Iglesias’ team were unhappy with the payment he was to receive, and that when the tour was announced it was implied their man was supporting Spears, when they understood it to be a co-headline arrangement.

The press release didn’t actually say Enrique was supporting Britney – it said the two pop stars were “touring together” – but it didn’t specifically say it was a co-headline tour either, and insiders say that, because it will coincide with Britney’s new album, Enrique’s people fear he’ll be seen as the secondary act. He’s also reportedly set to be paid a considerably smaller fee than Britney.

Despite this, sources told Billboard that talks are ongoing behind the scenes, which means the tour may as yet go ahead as planned if an agreement can be reached between the two sides.

Meanwhile, Calvin Harris has also been pulling out of a tour with a major American artist. In his case, Katy Perry and her tour of the UK and Ireland, which began earlier this week. This was announced through a brief spat on Twitter.

Perry tweeted ahead of the first gig in Dublin on Monday that “Calvin Harris will NOT be joining in on the fun and has CANCELLED last minute”.

Calvin responded by telling his own followers: “Sorry to all who wanted to see me with Katy – her team suddenly moved the goalposts and I was to appear on stage with no production”.

To which Katy replied: “The goalpost seems to be perfectly fine for New Young Pony Club, Yelle, Robyn, Marina & The Diamonds, to name a few. Or how about Janelle Monae and her sixteen piece band… It’s fine, I’m used to you cancelling on me, it’s become your staple!”

Oh dear. This continued on for a while, with Harris explaining: “It would have looked shit, sounded shit – trust me you would have been more disappointed SEEING the show than you are with me cancelling. Her show is AWESOME, you’ll have an amazing time without me (especially without me DJing on a cardboard box in front of a pink curtain). I’m really sorry Katy Perry, I’m just upset because I really wanted to play but your team made it impossible. We tried really hard to sort it out, but playing side of stage for 30 mins, it seemed pointless me even being there. Didn’t intend to cause offence or upset anybody”.

Then, as is the norm in such situations, Katy Perry’s fans spent the next twelve hours telling Calvin to kill himself.