Chart Scene: Karol G Scores Top Chart Debut With Stadium Tour Launch

Karol G Performs At Levi's Stadium
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Karol G performs at Levi’s Stadium on August 14, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)

Karol G impacts both LIVE75 and the Artist Power Index this week with ticket sales reported from the first four sold-out performances on her “Mañana Será Bonito” stadium tour that kicked off on Aug. 11 in Las Vegas. She is the “Hot Shot” touring artist with the highest-ranked debut on LIVE75, ranked No. 5, while moving up eight positions on the Artist Power Index to land in the top 10 following her debut at No. 15 in the previous issue.

The tour’s opening performance at Allegiant Stadium drew a crowd of 31,902 fans to the three-year-old Las Vegas sports venue and grossed over $7.2 million. Then in the San Francisco market, she played her second concert at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, moving 43,363 tickets for a $6.99 million gross on Aug. 14. Southern California was the next destination for the tour with concerts planned on two consecutive nights at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Aug. 18-19. She packed the stadium at both shows with the number of sold tickets reaching 115,703, while the box-office haul for the engagement was a massive $25.4 million.

Her overall sold-ticket count from the four venues was 190,968 which averaged 47,742 per show to score the fifth highest ranking on LIVE75 behind Metallica, Ed Sheeran, Morgan Wallen and Beyoncé. On APX, she follows Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Drake, Sheeran, Post Malone and Beyoncé who hold the top six spots on the chart for a third consecutive week.

P!NK follows with the sixth ranking on LIVE75 in her first appearance since beginning her “Summer Carnival” tour in Europe in June. She has the second-highest debut in the top 10 with a ticket average of 41,433 from eight concerts at seven North American stadiums including Boston’s Fenway Park, the only venue among them to host two shows. 

Phish also makes a top-10 debut on LIVE75, taking the ninth slot with a per-show ticket average of 17,197 from the band’s seven-show engagement at Madison Square Garden in New York City. From July 28 through Aug. 5, the overall ticket tally from all seven concerts totaled 120,385, while the combined gross topped $10.4 million. The group last played the Garden at the end of last year, selling 75,815 tickets for their annual four-night New Year’s Eve run that grossed $9.8 million. It marked their first multiple-show New Year’s event in New York since before the pandemic shutdown.

Mexican singer Carin León has the top debut on the Artist Power Index after kicking off his “Colmillo de Leche” North American tour in Chicago on Aug. 10. The first five arena dates on the tour fuel the artist’s appearance on the chart at No. 35. Lynyrd Skynyrd has the only other APX debut, taking the 43rd spot in the rankings based on 10 performances from the band’s co-headlining tour with ZZ Top. Their event on July 29 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas sold 11,521 tickets and grossed $1.14 million.

Metallica makes it two in a row on LIVE75 after landing at No. 1 for a second week based on ticket sales at three stadium performances on the group’s “M72” world tour. A per-show ticket average of 74,831 from two performances at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and one at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium secures a second stand atop the chart.

LIVE75’s “Noise Maker” is Melissa Etheridge who earns the classification with the highest jump on the chart – a six-position bump in the rankings compared to last week. Her appearances include July shows at Lexington Opera House in Kentucky as well as Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Then in August, she played for a crowd of 2,225 at Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

The “Breakthrough” artist of the week is John Cleese with a 12-show sellout percentage of 96% at venues in Australia. His top attendance was 4,099 from two shows at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, July 30-31.