Chart Scene: Jason Aldean Lands On LIVE75 Following Tour Wrap

Jason Aldean performs on stage during CMA Fest 2023 at Nissan Stadium on June 10 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The final box-office totals are in from Jason Aldean’s “Highway Desperado” tour that kicked off in Bethel, New York in mid-July and wrapped its 15-week run on Oct. 28 in Tampa, Florida. Overall, grosses reported from the 42-show headlining tour reached $39.5 million with attendance totaling 628,966.

Included in the chart tallies for LIVE75 are the 14 most recent concerts on the trek which saw ticket sales totaling 194,988 for a per-show average of 13,927. That earns the country star the ”Hot Shot” classification as the highest-ranked touring artist making their first appearance on the chart in the past month. Those same 14 performances grossed over $13.8 million to average $992,282 in ticket revenue per show.

Among all the venues on the tour, Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California produced the top gross on the summer/fall jaunt, earning $1.35 million from 24,937 sold seats on Sept. 30. That ticket count is also the highest on record for one single performance throughout the tour.

In its entirety, “Highway Desperado” averaged $940,807 per concert which is an increase of 10% over the gross average from 2022’s “Rock N’ Roll Cowboy” tour with its $854,035 average per show, according to box-office figures reported to Pollstar. He saw an even larger percentage jump of 31 percent in the average number of tickets sold each night. His 2023 ticket average comes to 14,975 per concert, topping the 2022 ticket average of 11,400.

On the Artist Power Index in 2023, Aldean has landed in the 20s or 30s consistently since debuting in the July 18 issue following the start of his tour. In this issue, he moves up six positions to rank No. 32. His best showing came in the Aug. 14, Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 issues where he held the No. 24 ranking in all three weeks.

New to APX this week is Doja Cat, who has the highest-ranked debut at No. 16 following her opening night performance on “The Scarlet” tour, her second headlining trek and first since touring behind her debut studio album Amala in 2018 and 2019. The current run, set to continue through mid-December in U.S. and Canadian cities, also marks her jump to arena touring for the first time as a concert headliner.

With only the first performance on the tour falling in the eligibility period for the Artist Power Index, her Live score lands in the 200s, yet her Airplay rank is the sixth highest of the week. Also, she earns the eighth-highest Streaming rank, while her Social score is the 38th best among the performers ranked on the chart. In future issues, with additional shows beyond the San Francisco opener at Chase Center on Halloween night contributing to her weekly ranking, her Live score on APX should jump considerably.

The Weeknd has the highest Live score on the Artist Power Index for the third week in a row which secures his spot at No. 1 on the chart in a fourth consecutive issue. His Live rank is based on 11 stadium shows booked at eight venues between Oct. 4 and the end of the tour’s Latin American leg on Oct. 25 in Zapopan, Mexico. A final trek through Oceania will begin on the 20th of November, stretching through Dec. 9 when the “After Hours Til Dawn” tour is set to wrap in Auckland, New Zealand.

Coldplay returns to No. 1 on LIVE75 for the first time since holding the top ranking for a three-week span in April and May, this week moving past The Weeknd to take the top spot with an average ticket count of 50,043 per show. The band’s ticket average is based on four concerts at two California venues – the final performances in the U.S. during the “Music of the Spheres” world tour that launched in March of last year and is booked until early September of next year.

The group drew a total of 64,130 fans to San Diego’s Snapdragon Stadium for sold-out shows on Sept. 27 and 28 that grossed over $10.3 million. Then on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, the tour stopped at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena and welcomed 136,043 attendees over both nights, racking up a combined gross of $19 million. The $7.3 million average gross also earns the band the “Heavy Hitter” tag on LIVE75 as the headliner with the highest average gross per show.

Dave Chappelle moves up 28 positions on LIVE75 to claim the “Noise Maker” status as the artist with the largest jump over last week’s ranking. His ticket average of 4,690 comes from nine performances including a seven-show run at Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.