Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett Lead LIVE75 Chart
Christopher Polk / Getty Images for Stagecoach – Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line performs for thousands during Stagecoach Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., April 27.
Country music’s impact on this week’s LIVE75 begins with a chart-topping performance by Florida Georgia Line, No. 1 for the first time since the duo’s fifth-ranked HOT SHOT debut in the Aug. 19 issue. They earn the top ranking with an average of 21,227 sold tickets from six venues on their summer amphitheater tour through U.S. cities. All six sheds drew sellout crowds with the most tickets moved at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Ill., Aug. 9. The Chicago-area facility logged 26,698 sold tickets for a gross of $1.9 million. The trek, which continues through the end of this month supports the group’s fourth studio album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, released early this year.
Thomas Rhett follows at No. 2, moving up from last week’s fifth-place showing with a ticket average of 19,618 from six shed dates of his own. On the road since April 24, the country headliner’s “Very Hot Summer” tour supports his latest album, Center Point Road. Like Florida Georgia Line, all six of his shows topped $1 million in sales, but Rhett’s most successful Boxoffice results came from the Philadelphia market with 24,760 fans present for an Aug. 1 sellout at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, N.J.
New entries by this week’s HOT SHOT artist Chris Stapleton and Luke Bryan give country music two more slots in the Top 5 – Stapleton at No. 4 with a 15,069 sales average from five concerts and Bryan nipping at his heels with his own five-show average just 110 seats less. Brad Paisley also makes his debut on the chart at No. 13 with a nine-show average of 11,963 – less overall than the other four country acts because three of his venues were smaller sheds with fewer tickets offered than larger amphitheaters that generally top 15,000 in available tickets.
Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Tree Town Music Festival – Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett croons to the crowd during the Tree Town Music Festival at Heritage Park in Forest City, Iowa, May 26.
In their third week on the chart, the Jonas Brothers land at No. 7 with a NOISE MAKER jump up six positions from their previous ranking based on ticket sales from 14 shows at 12 venues in August. Among the dates tallied this week from the group’s “Happiness Begins” tour are two-show engagements in both New York City and Toronto. The latter’s Scotiabank Arena logged the top attendance with 30,150 tickets Aug. 23-24. That total makes the Jonas Brothers tour the best-attended at the arena since the beginning of 2019, topping tours by Eric Church, Jennifer Lopez, Khalid, Michael Bublé, and John Mayer – all who played two nights in Toronto with sold ticket counts under 30,000.
Newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Bryan Ferry (with Roxy Music) is the BREAKTHROUGH artist with sold-out shows at all four of his concerts tallied for the chart. His shows were held at theatres in Chicago, Washington, Nashville and Port Chester, N.Y., during the veteran rocker’s current world tour that included dates in Australia, Asia and Europe prior to this summer’s North American run. A sold ticket average of 2,499 earns him the No. 40 ranking.