Elite 100: Niall Horan, Post Malone, Chris Young

New on Pollstar’s Elite 100 Artists Chart this week and debuting at No. 1 following the release of his first LP was former One Direction member Niall Horan, whose Flicker album sold almost double of the next-closest album (Pink, see last week’s chart) for the week according to the chart.

Niall Horan
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– Niall Horan
“KIIS FM Jingle Ball,” Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

Following One Direction’s mega tour in 2015 that was No. 1 on Pollstar’s Year End Top 100 Tours chart with more than 2.3 million tickets sold, Horan now has 98 dates on the books.

His “Flicker Sessions” tour of large clubs and theatres takes him toward the end of year, which closes with the star-studded iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour that includes Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Julia Michaels and others on select dates.

Starting again in the spring he’ll embark on the Flicker World Tour, which runs into the end of 2018 in arenas and amphitheatres and kicks off in the UK March 12 at 3Arena in Dublin and takes in the SSE Arena Belfast, two nights at the O2 Apollo Manchester, O2 Acadmey Brixton and another at the 3Arena March 29 before hitting countries including France, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Asian dates at Tokyo, Singapore and the Philippines in June.

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Last week’s Elite 100 Artists Chart

Elite 100 Artists Chart Archive

South American markets including Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico are next, and the tour hits North America July 18 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Texas, before hitting other U.S. markets including the BOK Center in Tulsa July 28, Shoreline Amphitheatre in California Aug. 4, two nights at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles Aug. 7-8, Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Conn., Sept. 15, and ends Sept. 23 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sept. 23. Maren Morris is support for North America and Oceania dates.

Horan is booked by CAA.

Holding strong on the streaming / song sales side was rapper Post Malone, who despite minimal album sales remains at No. 3 on the chart with an overall score of 77.6 for the week.

Post Malone’s 2017 headline tour with Smokepurpp reported strong sales to Pollstar including Sept. 27 at the Saltair in Salt Lake City, which sold 7,800 tickets and grossed $212,890. Other reports include Sept. 25 at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City (2,400 tickets, $79,005), Agora Ballroom in Cleveland Sept. 20 (2,000, $65,335), PlayStation Theatre in New York, (2,015, $72,248) and Sept. 16 at The Fillmore Silver Spring (2,000, $60,000).

Post Malone’s position on the Elite chart has held steady for the last month on the strength of newly released singles “Rock Star” and “I Fall Apart.” His debut LP, Stoney, dropped in December of 2016.

Chris Young, No. 9 on the chart this week following the Oct. 20 release of his Losing Sleep LP, is heading to arenas for his Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour in early 2018.
Young was on Jason Aldean’s “They Don’t Know” tour this summer, which played arenas and amphitheatres in the U.S. (and Toronto). It was cut short when Aldean’s set at Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas was interrupted by gunfire that killed 58 people and injured hundreds. Young, who was traveling with Aldean during the Vegs festival, played a fair in California just a few nights later. 

Post Malone
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– Post Malone
Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, Sunshine Grove, Okeechobee, Fla.

Young’s 2016 “I’m Comin’ Over” tour report submitted to Pollstar include 5,984 tickets sold to Rupp Arena in Lexington Dec. 12, which grossed $235,910, 5,149 sold at TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill., Dec. 9, 4,318 tickets sold at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine, Dec. 2, which grossed $179,329, and 4,110 sold at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Dec. 3. Dustin Lynch, Dan + Shay, and Cassadee Pope were support on many of the dates.
Young is booked by WME’s Rob Beckham.

Pollstar, with the BuzzAngle Music-powered Elite 100 Artists Chart, gives a snapshot of the week’s top-selling artists based on music sales and streaming, counting data from the U.S. and Canada.

All product, not just current releases, by that artist are included in the figures and the total for ranking purposes is based on an album sale equaling 1, 10 song sales equal 1 album, and 1,500 on-demand streams equal 1 album.