BTS Tops Pollstar’s LIVE75 Chart With Sold Ticket Average Of 51,106

at MetLife Stadium MetLife Stadium in New Jersey May 18.

Ticket sales from stadium concerts in three countries earn K-pop group BTS the No. 1 position on Pollstar’s LIVE75 chart as this issue’s HOT SHOT touring artist. The South Korean septet sold out two-night engagements at Stade de France in Paris, London’s Wembley Stadium and Allianz Parque in São Paulo, Brazil, to earn the top ranking.  

This is the first appearance for BTS on the LIVE75 with a massive sold ticket average of 51,106 earned from six sold-out performances at three stadiums on the group’s current world tour. They are the one act on the chart with only stadium shows figured in the Boxoffice counts, putting their ticket average more than twice that of the second-ranked tour. 

London’s Wembley Stadium had the highest ticket count of the three buildings, with 114,583 from shows June 1-2, while the Stade de France in Paris followed with 107,328 tickets June 7-8. The third stadium counted toward sales averages is São Paulo’s Allianz Parque with 84,728 fans in attendance May 25-26. Those venues are three of the eight stadiums booked this year on the boy band’s Love Yourself: Speak Yourself trek that began in May. With 12 shows from the 16-show tour already completed, Boxoffice sales currently top $78 million. With concerts at three stadiums in North America, one in South America and two in Europe now behind, only a two-show stint in two Japanese cities remains on the 10-week excursion that will end July 14.
Also debuting in the Top 10 are Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga (also called Banda MS) and Jennifer Lopez, both with shows booked in arenas, and Hootie & The Blowfish, which charts with amphitheater dates. Mexican group Banda MS scores the highest ranking of the three, entering the chart at No. 5 based on a 14,089-ticket average from one venue in Mexico. They performed at Arena Monterrey May 24-26, logging 42,268 sold tickets for a $1.1 million gross.

With 13 concerts falling in the chart eligibility period, Hootie & The Blowfish ranks sixth in their first LIVE75 appearance based on a 13,431 ticket average. After a hiatus stretching more than a decade, the band launched their Group Therapy tour with a sellout crowd of 14,865 May 30 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, the first date included in this tally. With Barenaked Ladies opening the shows, the tour played amphitheaters in 11 more cities – as well as one arena date in Las Vegas – through June 23 for an overall gross of $10.9 million and a sold ticket count of 174,603.

Lopez takes No. 9 with an average ticket total of 11,518 from three concerts held during the early days of her It’s My Party tour that launched June 7. Pechanga Arena in San Diego hosted the Live Nation-promoted tour June 10 with 8,977 seats sold, then a sellout at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., added 12,731 sold tickets to her total June 12. The last show counted for this ranking is a sold-out, June 15 performance at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with 12,847 sold seats. The pop star will continue her arena trek in North America through July 27.
The Teskey Brothers from Melbourne, Australia, is the NOISE MAKER on the chart, based on an 11-position jump that ranks them No. 61 this week. With recent shows at two clubs and one theater in U.S. cities, the group averaged 320 tickets per show. Local Natives is the BREAKTHROUGH artist for the second time in three weeks with an average of 1,195 tickets from seven sellouts on the band’s Spiral Choir tour.