Chart Scene: Pet Shop Boys & New Order Unity Tour Debuts On Live75

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 29: Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys perform on stage at The OVO Hydro on May 29, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns)

Three reported concerts on the “Unity” tour starring Pet Shop Boys and New Order land the co-headliners on LIVE75 at No. 10 with the “Hot Shot” tour of the week. Originally planned for a fall 2020 launch, the postponed North American trek ultimately began on Sept. 17 in Toronto with DJ Paul Oakenfold added to the lineup as a special guest.

September performances at Merriweather Post Pavilion in the Washington, D.C. market and New York City arenas Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden moved 36,730 tickets to score an average of 12,243 sold seats per show. With grosses totaling $3,891,512 across all three venues, the shows averaged $1.3 million each with a combined sellout percentage of 99.3%.

The “Unity” tour’s Top 10 debut is the highest-ranked among the 18 tours entering the chart for the first time in the past month. Also making its first appearance is The Judds’ final tour in memory of the late Naomi Judd, starring Wynonna with Martina McBride and other artists at 11 U.S. venues. Reported totals from the first six shows earn the tour the No. 20 ranking on LIVE75 with a ticket average of 7,524 per night.

Kicking off on Sept. 30 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Judds tour’s first six dates featured performances by Brandi Carlile, Ashley McBryde and Little Big Town for two shows each, while subsequent shows will include Kelsea Ballerini, Trisha Yearwood and Faith Hill during the remainder of the tour. A finale in Kentucky, the Country Music Hall of Fame duo’s home state, will complete the trek on Oct. 29.

The Artist Power Index has a new top-ranked artist as Bad Bunny jumps to No. 1 after nine consecutive weeks in the second slot behind Ed Sheeran, who has wrapped his summer European stadium tour. With Top 10  ranks in the Live, Streaming and Social metrics, the rapper/singer tops the 50-position chart based on a sold-ticket count of 241,677 at three U.S. stadiums. Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Chase Field in Phoenix and SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California were the final venues on his eight-week trek stateside that racked up $233 million at the box office.

Bad Bunny remains at No. 2 on LIVE75, though, behind Sheeran who remains atop the chart for another week with his 12th appearance at No. 1 this year. The Latin star’s ticket average of 45,828 comes from the seven performances at his last three U.S. stadiums, while the English singer-songwriter’s average of 60,952 comes from three performances in Frankfurt, Germany, his “Mathematics” tour’s final stop in Europe.

Iron Maiden earns “Noisemaker” status on LIVE75 with a jump of six positions this week, landing at No. 8 with a five-show ticket average of 12,284. Shows at Denver’s Ball Arena, Salt Lake City’s USANA Amphitheatre, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in the San Diego market and two performances at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, were all early dates on the band’s “Legacy of the Beast” world tour that launched in the U.S. at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas on Sept. 11.

One of only two acts debuting on the Artist Power Index, AJR takes the 48th place on the chart based on the first 16 European performances of the “OK Orchestra” tour, the group’s fall trek. On the road in support of their fourth studio album released in March 2021, the indie pop trio toured North America earlier this year.