Chart Scene: Halsey & Billie Eilish Score Highest Chart Debuts

Halsey performs onstage during the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Festival at Arena in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2022. Photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images / Bud Light

Ticket sales from concerts in three North American markets give Halsey the highest ranking among artists making a debut on LIVE75. A total sold-ticket count of 41,366 from amphitheaters in the Detroit, Cleveland and Toronto markets on the singer’s “Love and Power” tour produced a ticket average of 13,788 to take No. 5 and earn “Hot Shot” status on the chart.

On the Artist Power Index, Billie Eilish has the highest debut, returning to the chart at No. 14 after dropping off for five weeks following the end of the North American leg of her “Happier Than Ever” tour. The first four shows from the trek’s European run land the seven-time Grammy winner back on the chart.

Guns N’ Roses also bows on the Artist Power Index, taking the 16th ranking after playing the first two concerts on the band’s European tour. It began with shows on June 4 at Passeio Marítimo de Algés in Lisbon, Portugal, and June 7 at Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville, Spain. Lil Baby also has a top-20 appearance in his first week on the chart, scoring the No. 18 ranking with his headlining turn at the “2K22 Spring Fest” at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on June 4.

Ed Sheeran holds his No. 1 ranking for another week on both the Artist Power Index and LIVE75 based on ticket sales figures reported from his “Mathematics” tour. Seven U.K. performances on the trek earn him the second-highest Live rank on APX behind Coldplay, yet he maintains the top rank in both Streaming and Airplay for a whopping 10 consecutive weeks. His LIVE75 appearance is based on ticket sales data from four reported shows, two in Ireland and two in Northern Ireland on the tour’s opening European leg. A ticket average of 33,824 places him above Kenny Chesney, who has an average of 29,544 tickets at 10 concerts to take the second slot on the chart.

Paul McCartney has the largest gross average on LIVE75 to claim the “Heavy Hitter” tag with sales data reported from three arena shows on his current “Got Back” tour. He racked up over $7.5 million from 28,599 tickets on two nights at Oakland Arena in California and another 12,093 sold seats for a gross just under $4 million at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, to score a $3.86 million gross average.

Lea Salonga earns the “Noise Maker” classification on LIVE75 after a 22-position leap from her ranking in the previous issue to No. 43 this week on the strength of two performances at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, a two-show run at Mary Stuart Rogers Theatre in Modesto, Calif., and concerts in San Diego and Scottsdale, Ariz. The Filipina singer/actress and former Tony Award winner (for “Miss Saigon” in 1991) averaged 1,707 sold seats at those six concerts, all occurring during May. Her average in the previous issue was 1,341, also from six shows, but her overall ticket count last week was 2,193 less than the current total.

Memphis rapper Key Glock is the “Breakthrough” artist based on a 1,202-ticket average from 10 sold-out shows during the LIVE75 eligibility time frame. His first performance, attended by a crowd of 1,150, was on May 4 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, Calif., while most recently he played for 750 fans at Eastside Bowl in Madison, Tenn., on May 18.