Chart Scene: Gorillaz’s North American Tour’s Chart Debut

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 21: (R-L) Jeff Wootton and Damon Albarn of Gorillaz perform at Chase Center on September 21, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)

The English virtual band Gorillaz makes its first appearance on LIVE75 with ticket sales figures reported from three U.S. venues during the group’s North American tour. A Sept. 26 sellout at Footprint Center in Phoenix and October performances at TD Garden in Boston and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland together produced a sold-ticket count of 32,007. With a ticket average of 10,669 per show, the band earns the No. 12 ranking on the chart and “Hot Shot” classification as the highest-ranked concert headliner among the seven making chart debut appearances in this issue.

Gorillaz also appears on the Artist Power Index at No. 38 with the 14th highest Live rank among the concert touring artists eligible to be included on the chart. The band has ranked consistently on APX for the past seven weeks after kicking off the trek through North American cities on Sept. 11 in Vancouver.

Khalid is the artist with the highest debut on the Artist Power Index, taking the No. 23 ranking after performing concerts in two Mexican cities in mid-October. On the 12th he appeared at Arena CDMX in Mexico City followed by a concert the next evening at Guadalajara’s Auditorio Telmex. Future performances for the R&B star include the “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball” tour set to begin in late November as well as an opening slot on Ed Sheeran’s “Mathematics” tour starting next May.

Panic! At The Disco and Charlie Puth also make debut appearances on APX, scoring the 29th and 36th rankings, respectively – the former with 14 performances on the opening North American leg of the “Viva Las Vengeance” tour. Puth earns his ranking on the strength of five performances in October at North American venues including Toronto’s Massey Hall and Boston’s Orpheum Theatre.

The highest-ranked artist on the Artist Power Index is Bad Bunny for a third consecutive week after launching the Latin American leg of his “World’s Hottest Tour” booked in stadiums for the remainder of the year. Two-show engagements at venues in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Santiago, Chile give him a Live rank of No. 6 to remain atop the chart.

On LIVE75, though, he makes a jump from the second position to No. 1 based on a three-show ticket average of 49,745 from the final two stadiums on the North American leg of the tour. He replaces Ed Sheeran who falls off the chart this week with the completion of his tour’s European leg.

Bad Bunny remains the “Heavy Hitter” for an 11th consecutive week as the touring artist with the highest gross average which is now $14.2 million per show. It is the largest average gross on record since the inaugural LIVE75 chart was published in April 2019.

Cigarettes After Sex scores “Breakthrough” status on LIVE75 with a 100% sellout average from four shows reported during recent weeks. Ranked No. 42, the band is the only headliner outside the top 25 with four sellouts, although King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (No. 26), “Weird Al” Yankovic (No. 38) and Eric Roberson (No. 72) each have three.

The four sold-out performances by the group include a two-show stint at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., in late-September, and single performances during the first week of October at House of Blues Boston and Chicago’s Riviera Theatre. With a total of 7,365 tickets sold in all three cities, the ticket average is 1,841. s