Chart Scene: The Weeknd Repeats At No. 1 On Artist Power Index

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – JULY 16: The Weeknd performs at the “After Hours Til Dawn” Tour at Met Life Stadium on July 16, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Live Nation)

The Weeknd scores the No. 1 ranking on the Artist Power Index for a second consecutive week based on a two-night engagement at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, in late November, his final concerts in 2022. The first show on Nov. 26 was rescheduled from September when he was unable to complete a concert and offered a makeup date to ticketholders. Then, the second show the following night – his third at the stadium this year – was added later.

The L.A. concerts on Thanksgiving weekend wrapped the North American leg of the R&B star’s “After Hours til Dawn” stadium tour that began at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on July 14. Ticket sales from the North American dates earned the singer the No. 13 ranking among Pollstar’s Top 200 Worldwide Tours. He is one of 16 touring headliners to surpass $100 million in grosses in 2022.

Bad Bunny – this year’s highest-grossing touring artist worldwide – retains his No. 1 ranking on LIVE75 with an 18-show ticket average of 40,174 from the final 13 Latin American stadiums on his “World’s Hottest Tour.” The last two venues on the trek – Estadio BBVA in Guadalupe, Mexico (Dec. 3-4) and Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (Dec. 9-10) – both logged mammoth gross totals topping $10 million from two-show engagements.

Together, the 18 shows racked up a $69.5 million gross for an average of $3.86 million per night, earning him “Heavy Hitter” status for a 14th time since the launch of the stadium tour. Overall, in 2022, including during his “El Último Tour del Mundo” in the spring, Bad Bunny produced the highest gross average of the week on LIVE75 19 times.

Mariah Carey makes a Top 5 debut on the Artist Power Index, scoring the No. 4 ranking on the strength of her four-show “Merry Christmas to All” event booked in two venues during the December holiday season. Promoted by Live Nation, the concerts on two nights at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena followed by two at Madison Square Garden in New York featured performances of her holiday repertoire.

Kendrick Lamar has the highest-ranked debut on LIVE75, earning the No. 8 slot as the “Hot Shot” touring artist of the week based on box office figures reported from four of the European venues on his “The Big Steppers” world tour. Concerts at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany and The OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, along with two nights at Dublin’s 3Arena moved a total of 45,340 tickets for an 11,335 per-show average.

Earlier this year, he averaged a gross of $1.8 million and 12,976 sold tickets per show during his two-month trek playing arenas in North America. His top box office results came at the finale of the tour’s opening leg: a four-show stint at Arena in Los Angeles. He performed for 50,402 fans during the run and grossed more than $7.1 million.
New Jersey band Lorna Shore (No. 59) is the “Breakthrough” touring artist of the week with the highest sellout percentage among the acts ranked 26th or higher on LIVE75. An impressive run of 17 sellouts earned the group a per-show ticket average of 1,002 at clubs and theaters in U.S. and Canadian cities.

English DJ James Hype takes LIVE75’s “Noisemaker” tag with a 14-place jump from his position last week, the most of any artist on the chart. At No. 46, his ranking comes from four performances at U.S. venues including Echostage in Washington, D.C., with a crowd of 1,833.