Charts Sizzle With Coldplay Stadium Debut

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during a concert at Estadio BBVA on March 25, 2022, in Monterrey, Mexico. Photo via Medios y Media / Getty Images

The first box-office figures reported from Coldplay’s “Music of the Spheres” world tour makes quite an impact on the Pollstar charts, scoring a debut ranking of No. 6 for the tour on the Artist Power Index. The band earned the highest Live rank of any touring artist based on a sold-ticket total of 578,729 from the opening Latin American leg of the trek that ran through the first week of April

Launching in San José, Costa Rica at the country’s Estadio Nacional on March 18 and 19, the group completed 11 stadium performances before wrapping the three-week run with a four-night stint at Mexico City’s Foro Sol, April 3-4 and 6-7. Grosses from the stadium were a massive $19.6 million, the highest at a single venue for a solo headliner this year. Four-show engagements are also planned later in 2022 at stadiums in Paris, Brussels and Buenos Aires as well as a run of six concerts at London’s Wembley Stadium in August.

Also topping both LIVE75 and the Global Concert Pulse, Coldplay enters at the No. 1 position on each chart based on averages of sold tickets and box-office grosses, respectively. The LIVE75 ranking with a ticket average of 52,611 gives the band the “Hot Shot” classification as the artist with the highest debut of the week and also the “Heavy Hitter” tag with the highest gross average of $4.08 million. The tour rankings on Global Concert Pulse, determined by gross averages from a three-month window of eligibility rather than 30 days like LIVE75, includes the tour’s average ticket price of $77.48 along with the gross and ticket averages.

Elsewhere on APX, Maroon 5 and BTS are among the acts joining Coldplay with a debut this week. Maroon 5’s No. 11 chart position comes from Streaming and Airplay ranks that land in the top 20 in both metrics along with a concert performance in Buenos Aires. The band played an outdoor concert on the 8th of April at Campo Argentino de Polo originally planned for March 2020 but ultimately rescheduled twice due to the pandemic shutdown.
BTS makes its first APX appearance at No. 13 on the strength of two concerts in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, April 8-9, the first two of four shows planned at the venue this spring. (The group will also play the stadium the 15th and 16th.) Along with the 17th Live rank, contributing to the boy band’s chart success was the No. 1 Social rank.

Justin Bieber’s reign at No. 1 on the Artist Power Index continues this week as he lands among the top 10 in all four categories. He has the third highest rank in both Streaming and Airplay, the tenth in Social and sixth in Live based on performances at 13 arenas in the U.S. and Canada.

Since kicking off in February, Bieber’s ”Justice” world tour is averaging 12,348 sold ticket per show and a gross average of $1.8 million.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj, who entered the LIVE75 chart for the first time last week at No. 39 based on tickets sales from shows at four U.S. theaters, jumps eight positions this week to score “Noise Maker” status with the highest rise in the rankings from the previous issue. The difference is an arena performance he played on April 9 that drew a crowd of 4,690. The show at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., brought his sold-ticket count from three theaters and one arena to 9,205 for a 2,301 average.

Christian rock artist Zach Williams returns for a second consecutive time on LIVE75 as the “Breakthrough” artist of the week with the highest sellout percentage at the most performances among tours ranked beyond the top 25. He has 15 concerts on his spring tour in the chart tallies with sellouts logged at 13 of them for a sellout percentage of 96%.