Chart Scene: Christian Nodal Scores Chart Debut With Mexico Sellouts

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 23: Christian Nodal performs onstage during the 35th Premio Lo Nuestro at Miami-Dade Arena on February 23, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)

Mexican singer-songwriter Christian Nodal makes his first appearance of the year on the Artist Power Index following a sold-out run of three concerts at Auditorio Telmex in Zapopan, Mexico. The five-time Latin Grammy winner performed for 24,543 fans during the engagement, March 9-11, as part of his “Foraji2” tour. The combined gross from all three concerts totals $2 million.

He has two previous headlining dates on record at the Guadalajara-area venue, most recently on May 11, 2019 concert with 4,912 tickets sold and a gross of $175,867. He also performed at the theater with 4,860 fans in attendance on July 14, 2018, earning a box-office take of $119,150.

Nodal hit the road in 2022 in support of his EP Forajido that was released in May. In September, he kicked off an arena jaunt through 21 U.S. cities that continued through mid-November. Grosses from the American concerts hit $14.2 million with a ticket count totaling 141,743. It was promoted by Cardenas Marketing Network and booked in 11 states.

Depeche Mode is the only other concert headliner to make their first 2023 appearance this week on the Artist Power Index. The group enters the chart at No. 41 following the March 23 launch of the new world tour supporting Memento Mori, their most recent studio album released the following day. The first three dates on the trek, set at California arenas in Sacramento, San Jose and Inglewood, earn the band a Live rank of 67 on the chart.

After the tour’s opening 10-city North American leg, European arenas and stadiums are booked throughout the summer including a June performance at London’s Twickenham Stadium. Then, Depeche Mode will return to North America for a fall trek, wrapping in Los Angeles in December with two-night stints at both Kia Forum and Arena.

On the Artist Power Index and LIVE75, both highest-ranked performers hold on to their No. 1 rankings for another week. Taylor Swift makes her second consecutive appearance atop the APX chart following the kickoff of her ongoing “Eras” stadium tour. She is the only artist to score among the top 10 in all four eligibility metrics, taking the fourth highest Live rank, fifth highest in Streaming, fourth in Airplay and tenth in Social. Last week, her first two Phoenix shows on the tour produced the 13th best Live score among the concert headliners on the chart, yet with the two shows in Las Vegas the second weekend, she earns a nine-position bump in the category.

It is five weeks in a row at No. 1 for Red Hot Chili Peppers based on performances in Oceania on the band’s “Global Stadium Tour.” For this issue, they averaged 51,759 sold seats from the last six shows on the trek staged in four Australian cities. Single concerts in Brisbane and Perth and two-night engagements in Sydney and Melbourne moved a total of 310,555 tickets for a $40 million gross. The $6.7 million gross average – the best on the chart – also earns “Heavy Hitter” status for a fifth week.

Alejandro Sanz has the highest debut on LIVE75, earning the “Hot Shot” classification based on an average of 8,178 sold tickets per night from six sellouts at three venues in Mexico earlier this year. Ranked at No. 13, the Spanish singer played back-to-back shows at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional, Feb. 9-10, with 18,540 seats sold during the run. Ticket revenue from both shows at the theater totaled $1.5 million.

Also in February, he performed one night at the Coliseo Centenario in Torreon for 5,989 fans, grossing $442,654, followed by three performances at Auditorio Telmex with 8,181 at each show. The box-office haul from his OCESA-produced Guadalajara shows totaled $3 million.

HARDY (No. 38) is LIVE75’s “Breakthrough” act with a 100% sellout percentage at 12 performances. His best gross is $409,918 from 5,368 tickets sold at GLC Live at 20 Monroe in Grand Rapids, Michigan.