Chart Scene: Taylor Swift Leaps To No. 1 On Artist Power Index

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 17: (Editorial use only and no commercial use at any time. No use on publication covers is permitted after August 9, 2023.) Taylor Swift performs onstage for the opening night of “Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour” at State Farm Stadium on March 17, 2023 in Swift City, ERAzona (Glendale, Arizona). The city of Glendale, Arizona was ceremonially renamed to Swift City for March 17-18 in honor of The Eras Tour. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

With the launch of the “Eras Tour” in Glendale, Arizona on March 17, Taylor Swift jumps to the top of the Artist Power Index, although she has ranked on the chart in every issue this year based solely on her Airplay, Streaming and Social scores. With the tour’s first two concerts at State Farm Stadium, she earns a Live rank which prompts her 47-position jump to No. 1.

With Paramore and GAYLE as openers at the Phoenix-area stadium, the tour highlighting all the musical eras of her career marks her second all-stadium trek. Her first was 2018’s “Reputation” that was booked at stadiums in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, grossing more than $345 million from 2.88 million tickets at 53 concerts. It ranked second behind Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” tour on the Top 100 Worldwide Tours chart in 2018.

The artist with the highest debut on the Artist Power Index is Romeo Santos who enters the chart at No. 18 based on shows occurring during his “Fórmula, Vol. 3” tour, supporting his fifth studio album. The native New Yorker kicked off the Latin American leg of his tour with a four-show engagement at Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru in mid-February, followed by shows in Ecuador and Colombia where he performed for 16,922 fans during two nights at Bogotá’s Movistar Arena. He is currently appearing in Santiago, Chile where he is booked at that city’s Movistar Arena for multiple concerts.

Christina Aguilera recently played the same Santiago venue on Feb. 25-26, headlining two concerts that grossed over $1.48 million from 18,733 tickets. That engagement earns her an appearance on APX at No. 24, making her the only other performer besides Santos with a debut on the top half of the chart. Prior to her shows at Movistar Arena, she also performed in Chile on Feb. 23 as part of the “Viña del Mar International Song Festival” along with a host of other artists including Karol G, Alejandro Fernández and Camilo, who bows on the Artist Power Index at No. 37.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band score “Hot Shot” status on LIVE75 with the highest-ranked debut of the week, landing at No. 4 based on ticket sales reported from their ongoing concert tour. After the Feb. 1 opener in Tampa, Florida, the second date on the tour was a Feb. 3 performance at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena. The venue reported 14,826 sold seats for the sold-out performance that grossed more than $3.1 million.
Amway Center in Orlando, Florida also reported the box-office totals for their Springsteen event on Feb. 5 with tickets numbering 16,117 for a $3.3 million gross. Then, totals from a sellout at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum have also been reported recently showing grosses just under $4 million from 15,958 sold tickets on March 7. Those box-office figures average 15,633 sold seats per show to land the tour in the top five on the chart.

SZA also makes a top-five debut on LIVE75 on the strength of five performances from her “SOS Tour” that just wrapped in Los Angeles (aside from a postponed Philadelphia date). Ticket averages from four arenas on the Live Nation-produced tour total 13,181 to take the No. 5 slot on the chart.

Madison Square Garden in New York hosted the “SOS Tour” for two nights, March 4-5, and moved 26,574 tickets for a $3.37 million gross. Single performances were held at Washington’s Capital One Arena (Feb. 27), TD Garden in Boston (Feb. 28) and State Farm Arena (March 7). Together, the ticket count at all four buildings comes to 65,907 with a combined gross that totals just over $8 million.

Jay Wheeler is LIVE75’s “Breakthrough” artist of the week based on a 100% sellout percentage at five recent concerts. He is ranked No. 26 with a ticket average of 5,092. His top attendance of 9,511 was recorded at Amway Center on Feb. 14.