Chart Scene: Shania Twain’s ‘Queen Of Me’ Trek Scores Top Chart Debut

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BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN – JULY 16: Shania Twain performs on day 3 of the 2023 Faster Horses Music Festival Michigan International Speedway on July 16, 2023 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Shania Twain enters LIVE75 with the “Hot Shot” debut of the week as multiple performances on her “Queen of Me” trek earn chart eligibility, based on recently reported ticket sales figures. From her sold-out show on June 3 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, through a July 15 performance at Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, her tour grosses total $36 million from 22 shows at 20 North American venues.

The sold-ticket average from those concerts earns the country/pop star the No. 8 ranking on the chart, the highest among touring artists appearing only at arenas and amphitheaters. All seven headliners ranked higher are on the road with stadium tours this year, with per-show ticket averages of 30,000 or more.

Twain launched the tour on April 28 in support of her sixth studio album, kicking off with a sold-out performance in Spokane, Washington, that drew 10,784 fans. From sales totals reported for 41 shows during the first three months of the tour, she has sold 647,684 tickets at 36 venues, racking up a gross of $67 million – and counting, as a September jaunt through the UK and Ireland and a second North American leg are planned for the fall.

Among the best-performing venues on the “Queen of Me” trek was GEODIS Park in Nashville, Tennessee that logged the highest gross on the tour so far, a $3.6 million haul from 27,707 sold seats at the city’s Major League Soccer facility on June 7. The venue with the best attendance on record is Toronto’s Budweiser Stage that moved 31,659 tickets for concerts on June 23 and 24. Those performances earned a gross of $3.2 million.

LIVE75 features a total of 21 touring artists making their debut appearance in this issue including The Cure, the only other headliner besides Twain to enter the chart in the top 10. The band is ranked ninth based on a ticket average of 14,539 per show from five concerts during June. Two of the five were held at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena, June 27-28, where 25,136 fans were in attendance over both nights. Merriweather Post Pavilion, located in the Baltimore market, moved the most tickets at a single performance, selling 17,371 for a sold-out event on the 25th.

On the Artist Power Index, Kendrick Lamar at No. 36 is the artist with the highest-ranked debut of the week following his July 17 headlining performance at Verona Arena in Italy. The one-off concert marked his first appearance ever at the venue and his return to the country after headlining the “Milano Summer Festival” last year. His June 23, 2022, concert at Ippodromo San Siro in Milan logged an attendance of 23,918 and grossed $2.3 million.

Also, with a first appearance on the Artist Power Index in the most recent quarter of the year is Nicky Jam, ranked 44th following his arena concert on June 23 with Colombian Manuel Turizo in Zürich. The Reggaeton artists performed for a crowd of 12,208 at Hallenstadion and topped $1.17 million in sold-ticket revenue.

Pop singer Melanie Martinez earns “Breakthrough” status on LIVE75 with the highest sellout percentage among touring artists outside the top 25. Ranked No. 27, she sold out shows in five U.S. venues including three on the West Coast. In early June she appeared in San Francisco at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Hard Rock Live Sacramento and YouTube Theater in the Los Angeles area, performing for a total of 17,025 attendees at all three venues. Then, early in July, she played for capacity crowds at MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston and The Anthem in Washington, D.C. with a sold-ticket count of 11,007.

Aussie rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard follow at No. 28 on LIVE75 with the “Noise Maker” tag based on the band’s six-position jump, the highest on the chart. Multiple appearances in two American cities produced a ticket average of 5,116 per show.