UPDATE: The three concerts to be canceled are Oct. 9 (Toronto), Oct. 13 (Philadelphia), and Oct. 16 (Newark, N.J.), Pitchfork reports. Ticket holders to those shows will receive refunds.
EARLIER: Drake announced on his blog Wednesday that he has postponed three concerts of his Summer Sixteen Tour due to a recent ankle injury. The decision will affect October shows in Toronto, Philadelphia, and Newark, N.J.
“We are over 50 shows in and I have done everything to power through my recent ankle injury and leave it all out there on the stage every night,” the rapper wrote. “But under doctor’s orders to allow me time to recuperate, I am being forced to postpone the intense three shows in a row in cities which have only ever shown me unconditional support.
“Toronto (my hometown) and Philadelphia (a city that was one of the loudest and showed so much love) are two of the intense three in a row show cycle that will be postponed,” he continued. “I was asked to postpone both Newark shows, but I have yet to perform there and so we compromised at one.”
Drake had originally plotted shows for Oct. 8 and 9 in Toronto and Oct. 15 and 16 in Newark. He has yet to confirm which date from each pair is postponed and which date will proceed as planned. As he alludes to in his note, two dates at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center occur between his Toronto and Philadelphia stops; those concerts remain on the books.
Drake has traversed North America on his Summer Sixteen Tour since July, including multiple buzzy concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden in August. The Toronto rapper’s fourth studio album, Views, has proved a commercial juggernaut since its April release, topping the Billboard 200 album chart for 13 nonconsecutive weeks and becoming the first album to surpass one billion streams on Apple Music last week. He’s also appeared on two No. 1 singles on the Hot 100: Rihanna’s “Work” and his own “One Dance.”
Head over to Drake’s blog for his complete statement.