R&B/soul singer Frankie J. has been invited to be part of the Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias summer tour two weeks after Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel dropped out, according to a spokesperson for the crooner’s label.
Frankie J, known for his smooth R&B vocals and earlier in his career for being part of the Kumbia Kings, is scheduled to perform on 21 of the tour’s 26 dates. He will join Lopez and Iglesias on July 20 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The first concert with Lopez and Iglesias exclusively is scheduled to open on July 14 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
“I am super excited to join Enrique and Jennifer on this adventure,” Frankie J. said in a statement through Universal Music Latino. “They are global superstars and I am honored that they invited me to be a part of their tour. I look forward to performing for my fans across the country.”
In late June, Wisin & Yandel and their representatives had meetings with the tour’s promoters, AEG Live, to work out the details of the tour, but in the end the duo decided to leave the highly publicized tour due to “unresolvable issues,” according to Randy Phillips, president of AEG Live.
During an earlier interview, Phillips said that the decision was “amicable” among all involved parties, adding that, “it was probably better for them to do their own tour.”
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Phillips, who recently spoke exclusively to Billboard, said that Wisin & Yandel left the tour due to “timing issues” and “a host of things” that led to their announcement.
As soon as Wisin & Yandel announced their departure, fans immediately took to Twitter and other social media platforms to express their disappointment. Many said they were still going to see Lopez and Iglesias, but others were unhappy.
“I sooo wish I could get my money back!!,” wrote Jay, a fan who posted his comments online. “I bought those tickets just to see Wisin & Yandel.”
The websites for Lopez and Iglesias have already eliminated Wisin & Yandel from the touring schedule, but the duo’s names are still mentioned through Ticketmaster’s automated system. An employee through Ticketmaster said that fans of Wisin & Yandel can receive refunds if they call before July 14. Tickets vary in price, but at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, tickets range from $29.50-$250 for the Aug. 16 and Aug. 17 shows.
Wisin & Yandel issued a joint statement apologizing to fans and explaing briefly why they decided to leave the tour.
“We wish Jennifer and Enrique, as well as the tour, the very best,” Wisin & Yandel said. “We promise to do our best to announce an upcoming U.S. tour in the very near future as we are as eager to be out there performing for our fans as they are to see us.”
Iglesias announced a major tour last year with Britney Spears, but it never came to be. Instead, he called on Pitbull and Prince Royce for a fall U.S. tour, which went on to gross more than $7.2 million in its final nine dates. At New York’s Madison Square Garden it made more than $1.3 million on Nov. 4, according to Billboard Boxscore.
Frankie J., who was raised in Southern California and sings in both English and Spanish, will receive a strong push later this month as he debuts his new single, “Tienes Que Creer en Mi” (“You Have To Believe In Me”), on the popular Univision awards show “Premios Juventud.” The program is scheduled to air on July 19.
Frankie J. joins Lopez and Iglesias the following day in Newark, New Jersey.
July 14, Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre**
July 15, Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre**
July 17, Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre**
July 18, Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre**
July 20, Newark, New Jersey, Prudential Center
July 21, Newark, New Jersey, Prudential Center
July 25, Boston, Mass., TD Garden
July 26, Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun**
July 28, Washington D.C., Verizon Center
July 29, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Boardwalk Hall
Aug. 1, Minneapolis, Minn., Target Center
Aug. 3, Chicago, Ill., United Center
Aug. 4, Kansas City, Sprint Center
Aug. 8, San Jose, Calif., HP Pavilion at San Jose
Aug. 11, Anaheim, Calif., Honda Center
Aug. 12, Anaheim, Calif., Honda Center
Aug. 16, Los Angeles, Calif., Staples Center
Aug. 17, Los Angeles, Calif., Staples Center
Aug. 18, Las Vegas, Nev., Mandalay Bay Resort
Aug. 17, Los Angeles, Calif., Staples Center
Aug. 23, San Antonio, Texas, AT&T Center
Aug. 25, Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
Aug. 26, Houston, Texas, Toyota Center
Aug, 29, Atlanta, Ga., Philips Arena
Aug. 31, Miami, Fla., AmericanAirlines Arena
Sept. 1, Miami, Fla., AmericanAirlines Arena
Sept. 2, Orlando, Fla., Amway Center
**Frankie J will not be performing at selected shows