Chartscene: Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band’s New Arena Trek Earns Chart Debut

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – FEBRUARY 03: Bruce Springsteen performs onstage during the Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band 2023 tour at State Farm Arena on February 03, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Bruce Springsteen makes his first appearance on the Artist Power Index after launching his new world tour with the E Street Band at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 1. The first four concerts on the 10-week U.S. leg of the tour have chart eligibility this week, giving him the 12th highest Live score among current touring artists. Combined with his Streaming, Airplay and Social scores, he ranks No. 19 among the top 50 performers of the week.

Touring together for the first time since 2017, they currently have 31 shows planned at arenas stateside through mid-April, then a brief break before beginning a stretch of 31 more shows in Europe at the end of that month. The European tour, booked in stadiums this summer, will also include festival headlining stints at the TW Classic in Werchter, Belgium and London’s BST Hyde Park.

Five other artists with debuts on the Artist Power Index include Ellie Goulding at No. 28 after playing two shows in February at the London club KOKO. Canadian Nelly Furtado takes the No. 32 ranking with a performance in late January at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Ontario. Then, two country artists – Chris Young and Cody Johnson – make their first appearances at Nos. 40 and 44, respectively, while Maroon 5 appears at No. 50 based solely on Streaming, Airplay and Social rankings.

Ed Sheeran repeats at No. 1 on APX for a second week with the first stadium performance on his Oceania tour included in chart tallies for this issue. Following three warm-up shows at the Opera House in Wellington, New Zealand, he kicked off his stadium run at Sky Stadium on the 2nd of February. He has performed in Wellington twice before, playing the TSB Bank Arena on March 8, 2013 and again on April 10, 2015. Together at both concerts, he sold a total of 11,234 tickets.

Harry Styles makes it two weeks in a row as he retains the top ranking on LIVE75 with an 11-show average ticket count of 43,593 from his month-long trek through Latin American cities late last year. With sellout crowds present at seven stadiums with reported shows, he averaged over $3.4 million in grosses per concert during the run.

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini is the “Hot Shot” touring artist on LIVE75, debuting at No. 3 with a ticket average of 13,779 from five concerts at The OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland in December. He moved 68,897 tickets – the highest on record at the arena among events that ran for five performances. Comedian Kevin Bridges has several five-show engagements in the archives, as do several other theatrical or comedy events, but Take That is the only other musical headliner with a five-night run. They played five concerts at the Glasgow arena in 2015 with 49,283 tickets sold.

The “Noise Maker” on LIVE75 is Garrison Keillor based on an 18-position jump to No. 41 with ticket sales recorded at performances at New York’s Town Hall, McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California and the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. The New York event, dubbed “A Prairie Home Companion American Revival,” starred Keillor and guests with attendance totaling 1,386, while the Palm Desert and St. Louis events were holiday themed and drew 984 and 1,967 fans.

Classified as this week’s “Breakthrough” artist on LIVE75 for a third consecutive week is Modest Mouse with the highest sellout percentage among the touring artists ranked 26th or higher. The veteran rock band hits the chart at No. 38 based on a ticket average of 1,710 at seven sold-out performances at clubs and theaters in U.S. cities. Also with seven sold-out shows on the chart is indie rock musician Andrew Bird at No. 56 based on an average ticket count of 992.