Iggy Azalea’s Tour in Jeopardy as Rapper Shuns Promotion, Management and Social Media (Exclusive)

Insiders tell TheWrap Grammy-nominated rapper won’t communicate with reps, remains indifferent about promoting massive arena tour

Recording artist Iggy Azalea performs on the Marilyn Stage during day 1 of the 2014 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on August 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)
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Iggy Azalea’s first North American arena tour is on the verge of cancellation, as the singer is increasingly unresponsive to her management and refuses to engage in promotion, several individuals with knowledge told TheWrap.

Azalea has become disengaged from her core team, one individual with knowledge of the situation said, and will not commit to press opportunities crucial in selling the massive effort.

The potential cancellation is also raising scheduling concerns for up-and-coming R&B singer Tinashe, who is slated as an opening act along with Nick Jonas, according to another insider.

Reps for Azalea and tour producer AEG Live have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. Representatives from Sony Music, on behalf of Tinashe, declined to comment on the matter.

A Friday post to the Grammy winner’s Instagram page said, “until further notice Iggy’s Instagram will be run by management. Iggy is taking a break from social media.”

“The Great Escape Tour” has dates set in 24 cities from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Los Angeles’ Staples Center, venues that accommodate upwards of 18,000 ticket holders.

Besides openers Jonas and Tinashe, the tour counts among its stars creative director Jamie King, who has staged concerts for Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Super Bowl halftime spectacles for the likes of Bruno Mars.

“It’s my first arena tour. And I’d like it to not be my last arena tour,” Azalea told the February issue of GQ magazine.

“I want everything to be right … at the moment, I’m just trying to work on the initial stage design and making a stage that I feel like can engage with many people in an arena that big. So I’m doing something maybe not very traditional, and I’m working on that,” she told the long-lead publication.

Tour or not, Azalea has committed to performing at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards alongside acts like Sam Smith, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, Jamie Foxx and Meghan Trainor.