Ed Sheeran Named Live75 Hot Shot, Backstreet Boys Chart’s Noise Makers

Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran plays the first of three shows at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, March 24.
Metallica makes it two in a row, holding on to No. 1 on Pollstar’s LIVE75 chart, with the same Boxoffice counts that earned the veteran metal band the highest ranking last week – a 56,398 sold ticket average from stadium events in three cities on their current tour’s European trek. The group’s concerts in Madrid, Barcelona and Milan each fall in the chart’s eligibility time period for both weeks. Sold tickets for the Madrid concert on May 3 totaled 69,897 while their May 5 show in Barcelona produced a 51,799-ticket count. On May 8, tickets purchased at the Milan stadium reached 47,500 – all generating an overall three-show gross of $16 million.

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Pop superstar Ed Sheeran’s HOT SHOT debut at No. 2 is based on an average ticket count of 38,117 from five concerts in five countries on his four-week sweep through Asia during April and May. His Divide tour’s earnings total $21.4 million in all five cities for an average of $4.2 million – also second to Metallica’s gross average of $5.3 million that is, again, the highest on the chart. Sheeran’s first show included in the counts was an April 21 event at Songdo Moonlight Festival Park in Incheon City, South Korea, an outdoor performance with 24,910 fans in attendance. On the 23rd he played for a crowd of 37,790 at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan then headed to Singapore for an April 26 show with 49,810 fans at the city’s National Stadium. Next on the schedule was an April 28 event in Bangkok at Rajamangala National Stadium with 29,119 sold seats, and the fifth performance came in Jakarta, Indonesia at Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Kamo with 48,959 tickets.
Also new to the chart this week is Twenty One Pilots in the No. 3 slot from an average ticket count of 16,010 – the highest based on sales from arena-sized concerts only. The duo just recently completed a series of shows at venues in Mexico and Canada during May, and the four concerts tallied for this chart are from the Mexican arenas. The first performance was on May 1 at Arena Monterrey with 14,000 in attendance, followed by a two-night engagement at Mexico City’s Palacio de los Deportes on May 3-4 and a ticket count of 39,083. Finally, the group’s Bandito tour played its last Mexican date at Arena VFG in Guadalajara on May 6 before heading north for a seven-city Canadian run beginning the following week.
Backstreet Boys
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Backstreet Boys still have the skills during iHeartRadio Jingle Ball North at Air Canada Centre in Toronto Dec. 9.
DMX is the BREAKTHROUGH artist for the second consecutive time – this week with 100% sellouts at 11 performances on his tour through U.S. cities during the April 21-May 20 eligibility time frame. The rapper averaged 1,142 sold seats at clubs and theaters from Seattle to Philadelphia, earning an overall gross of $408,657 from 12,565 total tickets. The tour celebrates the anniversary of the artist’s It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot debut album that bowed in May of 1998.

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