Chart Scene: The Weeknd Tops Artist Power Index With Latin American Tour

The Weeknd Performs At Wembley Stadium
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 18: Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye performs at Wembley Stadium on August 18, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for ABA)

The Weeknd moves up one position on the Artist Power Index to make his first appearance at No. 1 this year on the strength of solid top-10 scores in the Live, Streaming and Airplay metrics of the chart. His seven concert performances eligible for this week’s rankings were held at five stadiums on the Latin American leg of his “After Hours Til Dawn” tour.

Foro Sol stadium in Mexico City and São Paulo’s Allianz Parque are the two venues that hosted the tour for two performances, while Guadalupe, Mexico’s Estadio BBVA; Estadio El Campín in Bogotá, Colombia; and Rio De Janeiro’s Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos each staged one concert.

The R&B star last toured in Latin America on his “Starboy: Legend of the Fall” tour in 2017 with shows played in Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. This year’s tour will wrap in the region on Oct. 25 in Guadalajara, Mexico before heading to Australia and New Zealand for a final leg in November and December.

Travis Scott has the highest debut on the Artist Power Index based on the first performance of this fall’s “Utopia – Circus Maximus” tour scheduled primarily at arenas in U.S. and Canadian cities through the end of 2023. The rapper’s concert on Oct. 11 at theSpectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina puts him on the chart at No. 20.

Ten of the arenas on the schedule are set to host the tour for two nights this fall. And, along with the arena dates, Scott will also perform at SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles market on Nov. 5.

Ed Sheeran earns a sixth week at No. 1 on LIVE75 based on five concert performances on his world tour, scheduled to wrap at the end of this month. Following him at No. 2 on the chart is the co-headlining trek starring Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks who have “Hot Shot” status with the highest-ranked tour entering the chart for the first time in the past month. They have a sold-ticket average of 51,683 based on sales figures reported from three of their stadium shows.

Sellouts at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri; Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; and Baltimore’s MT Bank Stadium together produced a gross average of $10.03 million per show. It is the highest on the chart which also earns the artists the “Heavy Hitter” classification.

Lady Gaga ranks 45th on LIVE75 based on 12 performances of her Las Vegas residency at Dolby Live at Park MGM, beginning with her show on Aug. 31 through a performance on Oct. 5. She takes the “Breakthrough” tag with the highest sellout percentage from the most shows by a concert headliner ranked outside the top 25.

Her 12-show ticket count reached 58,668 for an average of 4,889 per night, while her gross came to just over $17 million.