Katy Perry makes her return to the Artist Power Index and takes the No. 12 ranking after launching a new series of shows at The Theatre at Resorts World in Las Vegas that began on May 27. The pop star’s “Play” residency at the venue, booked this year through Oct. 22, includes three sets of upcoming dates. The current eight-show run continues through June 11 followed by another eight performances July 29 through Aug. 13. Then her October stint with another eight concerts is set to begin on the 5th of that month.
Perry launched her “Play” production on Dec. 29 and racked up almost $7 million in ticket sales from 31,933 sold seats at the first eight shows. Those initial performances earned her the No. 1 ranking on the Artist Power Index in Pollstar’s Feb. 14 issue, just one week after the chart made its debut. Then with a second eight-show run in March, her overall gross in Vegas jumped to more than $12 million with a ticket total topping 61,000.
At Nos. 1 and 2, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber have been alternating between the top two positions on the Artist Power Index all throughout the month of May with Sheeran holding the highest ranking on three of those charts and Bieber on two. After landing in the second slot for one week, Sheeran jumps back to the top in this issue with the second-highest Live rank on the chart. Both artists have scored among the top 10 in three of the four APX categories – Live, Streaming and Airplay – every week since the May 2 issue.
Sheeran also repeats at No. 1 on LIVE75 with his third appearance atop the chart since making his “Hot Shot” debut four weeks ago. Dua Lipa earns that classification in this issue based on a ticket average of 13,922 from three concerts during the European leg of her “Future Nostalgia” tour.
Dublin’s 3Arena hosted two of the shows included on her trek through Europe that kicked off in mid-April. The venue logged a sold-ticket count of 25,064 from her concerts on April 20-21 that grossed over $1.4 million. Also included in the box office tallies is her performance on May 12 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany that drew a crowd of 16,703. Grosses from all three shows topped $2.3 million.
LIVE75’s “Heavy Hitter” with the highest gross average on the chart is Kenny Chesney, who topped $29 million from the first seven shows on his tour for an average of $4.2 million. His average ticket count of 36,336 places him at No. 2 on the chart behind Sheeran by just 2,098 tickets.
Morgan Wallen appears on LIVE75 for the first time since February based on recently reported box office stats from performances in April and May on his “Dangerous” tour, currently booked through September. Sellouts at nine U.S. arenas earn the country artist a ticket average of 11,322 which gives him the No. 9 ranking on the chart. The venue with the highest gross was Denver’s Ball Arena that saw ticket revenue topping $2.5 million from 13,598 sold seats on May 12. Yet with 1,267 more tickets moved, AT&T Center in San Antonio was the best-attended of the nine venues with 14,865 total tickets on April 22. Since the beginning of 2022, Wallen is second only Eric Church among the highest-grossing country artists of the year so far with a total box office haul of $47 million – $5.2 million behind Church’s total.