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AB Concerts should be commended for booking artist

Spring Carnival is just around the corner, meaning that the campus’ biggest concert of the year is also almost here.

This year, AB Concerts booked Ludacris to entertain students, but less than three weeks before the concert — on April 3 — Ludacris cancelled. On April 5, less than 48 hours after Ludacris’s cancellation, AB concerts announced that Lupe Fiasco would be performing instead of their original artist.

The student body should commend AB Concerts for booking a replacement act on such short notice for one of Carnival’s main events.

While AB Concerts could have booked an artist of lesser caliber than Ludacris, they were able to secure an artist who is arguably more relevant than Ludacris. Ludacris’s most popular song on iTunes, “How Low,” was released on December 8, 2009, while Lupe Fiasco’s most popular song on iTunes, “The Show Goes On”, was released almost a year later on October 26, 2010.

“The Show Goes On” also ended 2010 at 28 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, while “How Low” ended 2009 at 36 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, meaning that “The Show Goes On” was more popular during its release year than “How Low” was.

It must also be pointed out that Ludacris prominently features in other artists’ songs, but does not often release his own songs, making him largely popular for the songs he is featured in. However, Ludacris cannot perform these songs during a solo concert.

Student interest also seems to be higher for Lupe Fiasco than it was for Ludacris, with many students expressing more excitement towards AB’s second choice, based on the feedback on AB’s Facebook page.

Spring Carnival Concert is an event that many students look forward to throughout the year. AB Concerts has a large task on its hands to choose an artist that is affordable, yet exciting to the student body.

With such short notice to book an acceptable artist, AB Concerts has found someone who may please more students than the original artist planned.