Olivia Rodrigo Debuts On APX, Bieber Back To No. 1

Olivia Rodrigo performs during her “Sour” Tour at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2022, in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Olivia Rodrigo makes her entrance on the Artist Power Index with the launch of her debut concert tour that began with a performance at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., on April 5. It was the first of 17 concerts during the past 30 days that earns the reigning Best New Artist Grammy winner the No. 6 ranking on the chart. One of the destinations during her first month on the road was New York City where she performed for 11,885 fans at Radio City Music Hall on April 26-27, grossing $704,544.

The 19-year-old pop star’s tour will play a total of 27 venues in North America through the end of this month in support of her critically acclaimed debut album, Sour, that was released in May of last year. Then, in June she heads to Europe for a 14-city trek that will stretch into July.

Justin Bieber bounces back after a one-week stand at No. 2 to grab the highest ranking based on top 10 appearances in all four APX categories: Live, Streaming, Airplay and Social. His “Justice” world tour, currently booked at arenas and stadiums in North America until July 2, stopped in 11 cities during the chart’s period of eligibility including four in Florida (Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Miami) and three in Texas (Austin, Houston, Dallas).

Lorde also makes her first appearance on the Artist Power Index in this issue, taking the No. 36 position based on 18 concerts from her “Solar Power” world tour. The New Zealand singer kicked off the trek in Music City, playing Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House on April 3. Archived box-office data from her first two tours show a 3,744-ticket average on 2013-2014’s “Pure Heroine” trek and a jump to 7,388 tickets per show on her ”Melodrama” world tour in 2017-2018.

While Coldplay secures the No. 1 position on LIVE75 for a fourth consecutive week with sold tickets averaging 64,897 based on four stadium events, Ed Sheeran makes his debut on the chart as the “Hot Shot” artist with four stadium performances of his own. He ranks second with a ticket average of 60,000 from two-show engagements at two of the three Irish venues that opened his tour’s European leg on April 23. Attendance at Dublin’s Croke Park reached 160,000 and Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork drew 80,000 fans with grosses from both totaling €19.6 million ($21.8 million USD). The four-show gross average of $5.4 million earns the English musician “Heavy Hitter” status as well.

Trevor Hall at No. 27 is LIVE75’s “Noise Maker” with a jump of 14 positions compared to last week’s ranking. The difference is a two-show engagement at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo., reported during the past week. The South Carolina singer-songwriter first headlined the 9,500-capacity Denver-area outdoor venue in June 2019, selling out his show with attendance logged at 9,179. He planned a return in 2020, but delayed by COVID-19, he did not play there until last year in April with reduced-capacity, socially distanced crowds totaling 5,364 at two shows. This year the audience was back to full capacity for both concerts with an overall gross totaling $913,207 from 18,023 sold tickets.