Editor’s note: This article has been changed to accurately reflect the groups involved in canceling the concert.
Update, 5:04 p.m.: ASMSU, MSU’s undergraduate student government, made the final decision to cancel the concert because of low ticket sales, Haley Dunnigan, ASMSU director of public relations, said.
However, the actual cancellation of the concert was made by members of a group of stakeholders including ASMSU, Dunnigan said.
Interdisciplinary studies in social science junior Allyson Huver said Ne-Yo’s career shift from songwriting to producing might have affected his relevance to fans and could have explained the lackluster sales.
“I know that he makes songs for people now, so he’s kinda old school,” Huver said. “People wanna see pop, and R&B is all smooth, so he’s kinda out of date.”
Thursday’s concert featuring R&B singer Ne-Yo and up-and-coming pop group Hot Chelle Rae at the Breslin Center has been cancelled.
ASMSU, MSU’s student government, made the announcement via Twitter late Tuesday afternoon.
The tweet, sent out around 4 p.m. from ASMSU’s Twitter account, read: “Due to unforeseen circumstances we are sorry to announce that the Ne-Yo & Hot Chelle Rae concert scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled.”
Tickets for the concert went on sale at the end of March, with ASMSU announcing Hot Chelle Rae as the opener about a week later. The student government planned to host the show in effort to increase student participation for the organization’s election week, which began Monday.
Ne-Yo, a Grammy Award-winning artist, has become known for hits, such as “Mad” and “So Sick.” Nashville natives Hot Chelle Rae burst onto the scene in 2011 with their hit “Tonight Tonight.”