Backstreet Boys Hot Shots On Pollstar’s LIVE75, Hugh Jackman Debuts On Chart

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Backstreet Boys perform on ABC’s “Good Morning America” at SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 13, 2018 in New York City.

Ed Sheeran holds onto No. 1 on Pollstar’s LIVE75 chart for a third consecutive week as his historic record-smashing “Divide” tour scores the highest ranking with a sold ticket average of 62,084. He surpasses the sales average of The Rolling Stones, the No. 2 artist on the chart – also for the third consecutive week – by 24.7%. Sheeran’s averages come from six performances in June during the homestretch of his tour’s final leg through Europe that is set to conclude on Aug. 26. The Stones’ 46,744 average is based on four stadium performances on their “No Filter” tour that also wraps in late August.

Backstreet Boys’ fourth-place ranking as the chart’s HOT SHOT artist is the result of three performances in Europe with an average ticket count of 14,214. London’s O2 Arena brought in the “DNA” tour for shows June 17-18 and sold 28,884 tickets for a gross of nearly $2.7 million, while Hallenstadion in Zürich hosted a June 21 performance with 13,480 ticket-holders for a $1.2 million gross. The tour’s European leg started in Lisbon, Portugal, May 11 with a concert at Altice Arena that drew 18,801 fans, the largest single-show attendance reported so far.
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Madison Square Garden in New York City, June 29.

Hugh Jackman also enters the chart for the first time this week with box office counts from six concerts on his “The Man. The Music. The Show.” tour that launched in May. The Tony Award-winning actor/singer kicked off his tour with a 13-city jaunt through Europe before beginning a summer North American trek June 18. 

The concerts that earn him a Top 10 ranking are arena dates in Dallas, New York City, Atlanta and Tampa, Fla. In New York he played three shows in two days at Madison Square Garden for a combined gross of $4 million from 34,944 sold seats. The other three venues reported single show ticket totals – American Airlines Center in Dallas sold 12,587, Atlanta’s State Farm Arena had 10,647 and Tampa’s Amalie Arena moved 12,507 tickets.
Rock veterans Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo take the NOISE MAKER moniker this week with a 10-position leap to No. 37 after spending three weeks on the chart. The couple are on their 40th anniversary tour this year that began in May and is currently booked in American cities through mid-October. Shows at theaters in Englewood and Morristown, N.J., and Northfield, Ohio along with amphitheater dates in Vienna, Va., and Kettering, Ohio, falling during the chart’s period of eligibility produced a ticket average count of 2,497 for the duo.

German pop singer Lena makes her first appearance on the chart, entering at No. 46 with a sales average of 1,553 from 10 concerts. With ticket sales averaging 98% of capacity, she is the BREAKTHROUGH artist with sellouts reported at all but one of the venues counted for this chart tally. Nine of the venues are located in the singer-songwriter’s home country and one is in Switzerland. Cologne’s Palladium logged the top attendance with a sellout crowd of 4,000 present for a concert on June 17.