Chart Scene: Luke Combs Jumps To Top Three On LIVE75

Luke Combs stands with his guitar while performing at day three of CMA Fest 2022 at Nissan Stadium on June 11, 2022 in Nashville, Tennesse.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 11: Luke Combs performs during day 3 of CMA Fest 2022 at Nissan Stadium on June 11, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs joins Latin touring juggernauts Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee in the top three on LIVE75 after moving up the chart for the past six weeks. He ranked fifth in the two previous issues and made his debut at No. 19 on Oct. 10 after the September launch of his “Middle of Somewhere” tour. With ticket sales at 14 shows reported from the fall trek, he racked up a $12 million gross from two-show engagements at seven venues.

Included in LIVE75 chart eligibility is the country star’s arena concerts in North Charleston, South Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; Omaha, Nebraska; and Uncasville, Connecticut. Together they produced a ticket average of 14,518 from eight performances to earn No. 3 on the chart. With shows on Oct. 21-22, Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center is the tour’s most successful at the box office with the highest ticket count and gross – 41,603 sold seats for a combined $2.44 million haul at two performances.

Combs also maintains his presence on the Artist Power Index, scoring the No. 17 position based largely on his 12th-highest Live rank among all performing artists and the 11th-highest in Airplay. He has appeared on the eight previous APX charts after entering at No. 26 in the Sept. 26 issue.

Bad Bunny retains the No. 1 ranking on the Artist Power Index and LIVE75, as well as the Global Concert Pulse (pg. 22), based on the continuing box office success of his “World’s Hottest Tour,” now in the final weeks of its Latin American stadium run set to wrap Dec. 10. Six performances in the first three Latin cities fuel his top-ranked LIVE75 appearance with a ticket average of 45,789 and an average gross of $3.4 million.

He earns “Heavy Hitter” status with the highest gross average on the chart for an unprecedented 13th consecutive week. The Rolling Stones previously had the highest number of weeks in a row with eight “Heavy Hitter” tags consecutively in 2019. Eagles had the top gross average in five issues early in 2020, while six artists since 2019 have had four-week runs as “Heavy Hitter.” Andrea Bocelli was the first artist in 2022 with the highest gross average on four charts in January and February, followed by Kenny Chesney beginning with the May 16 issue. Paul McCartney’s four weeks ranged from June 13 through July 4.

Making a LIVE75 debut as the “Hot Shot” tour is Atlanta-based Christian music collective Maverick City Music, ranked No. 13 based on a four-show ticket average of 8,172 from arenas on the fall leg of the group’s “Kingdom” tour. After a summer stretch from June through August that grossed $18 million with 328,047 sold tickets at 36 venues, an extension of the tour was announced in early September adding 14 shows in U.S. cities during November. With 16-time Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin also in the lineup, the tour resumed in Brooklyn, New York, at Barclays Center on Nov. 3.

Singer-songwriter Noah Kahan earns “Breakthrough” status on LIVE75 with the highest sellout percentage at the most performances on the chart outside the Top 25. The indie pop/folk artist played for sellout crowds in New York City, Boston, Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin, along with a Charleston, South Carolina, concert at 95% capacity to score a ticket average of 2,927. He lands at No. 36 on the chart, a jump of one position after ranking 37th last week.