Khruangbin Charts With Summer Sellouts
Houston trio Khruangbin debuts on LIVE75 as the week’s “Hot Shot” artist with ticket sales reported from three West Coast venues on the group’s current North American tour. One sold-out concert at McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater in Troutdale, Ore. and two at the University of California, Berkeley’s Greek Theatre produced a total of 23,248 sold seats, an average of 7,749 per show to rank No. 14. Montreal indie band Men I Trust supported all three performances that grossed over $1.3 million combined.
On the Artist Power Index, six artists chart as a new entry with Nigerian singer-songwriter Burna Boy ranking the highest among them at No. 28. Touring in North America in July in support of his new album, Love, Damini, on Atlantic Records, his recent performances in Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago and Houston all fall in the APX eligibility period and earn a chart appearance. Also hitting the top 50 as a new entry this week are country headliners Kane Brown (No. 35), Blake Shelton (No. 42) and Florida Georgia Line (No. 43) along with Latin trap artist Anuel AA (No. 45) and Jamaican reggae star Shaggy (No. 50).
The top-ranked performers on both LIVE75 and the Artist Power Index repeat this week after holding the No. 1 position in the prior issue as well. Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard’s “The Stadium Tour” remains in the top spot with 16 recent performances eligible for chart consideration. The best attendance total among them was 42,115 recorded at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on June 30, while the top grosser was a June 28 performance at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte with over $6 million earned from 41,896 sold seats. The average gross of $4.8 million per night also gives the co-headlining tour ”Heavy Hitter” status for the second consecutive week.
Ed Sheeran’s repeat at the top of the Artist Power Index marks his ninth appearance at No. 1 since launching his “Mathematics” trek earlier this year. Ten stadium performances at venues in the U.K., Germany, Netherlands and Belgium place him back in the highest position on the chart.
The ”Noisemaker” on LIVE75 with the highest jump in rank from last week is Memphis-born rapper Xavier Wulf who takes No. 49 after being ranked 64th in the previous issue. His 15-position movement up follows a rise in the average number of sold tickets that totaled 871 from six concerts – a 124-ticket bump over last week’s average. The concerts were the last six dates on his “Midnight Club Tour – Dub Edition” that played U.S. venues from April through June. Support acts were Eddy Baker, Idontknowjeffery and Mikey Rotten.
One of the largest jumps in ranking on APX is Lady Gaga’s leap from 20th to No. 9 this week with the first four European stadium dates on her “Chromatica Ball” tour. Only the first performance at Düsseldorf, Germany’s Merkur Spiel-Arena was counted for her chart debut last week, but shows at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Stade de France in Paris and the GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands bump her up to the top 10.
Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ debuts at No. 35 on LIVE75 as the “Breakthrough” artist based on a 92% sellout average at 12 performances during July. Denver’s Mission Ballroom recorded his highest ticket total during the stretch of shows with 3,182 sold on July 15. Another sellout on July 7 at New York’s Terminal 5 with 3,002 sold tickets was his only other show topping 3,000 in attendance.