Kicking off in April, the tour will bring the MC to the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 3. Shockingly, this is his first solo headlining tour, and the Bowl set codifies what fans already knew: Chance is an indie phenomenon that the music business is finally catching up to.
His mixtape releases, including last year’s exemplary “Coloring Book,” were available only as streams and free downloads, and he is still without a formal record label. Yet he’s pals with former President Obama and single-handedly forced the Grammys to change the rules to allow free streaming-only releases to be considered for awards.
“It’s clear now that streaming is here and probably here to stay,” Bill Freimuth, a Recording Academy executive, told The Times last year. “As the academy — as all the academies are — we’re often criticized for being out of step. So we strive very much to be of the moment as much as we can. This was one way to do it.”
Tickets for the Bowl show go on sale at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Hard to think of a better Valentine’s Day present for the procrastinators out there, so consider this yet another gratis gift from Chance.
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