Chart Scene: Coldplay Back To No. 1 On LIVE75

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs on stage at Optus Stadium on Nov. 18, 2023, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane / Getty Images)

With Coldplay’s first 2024 performances of the “Music of the Spheres” world tour, the band scores the highest ranking on LIVE75 for the first time since appearing at No. 1 in last year’s Nov. 6 issue. A sold-ticket average of 52,321 from 10 stadium shows at three Asian venues in January and February earns the top ranking. Those concerts also racked up a mammoth gross of $75.7 million from 523,219 sold tickets to average $7.57 million per concert, the highest gross average on the chart which earns the “Heavy Hitter” tag.

The group’s first two performances of 2024 were held at The Philippine Arena in the Bulacan province of the Philippines, attracting a total of 96,079 fans for shows on Jan. 19-20. The gross from both concerts reached $15.4 million. The second stop was at the National Stadium in Singapore with six sold-out shows staged between Jan. 23 and 31. The ticket count there hit 321,113 with a box-office haul of $43.4 million which is certainly the highest gross reported so far in 2024 and may well rank among the highest of the year when final box-office tallies are calculated.

Then, a two-night engagement in Thailand was the last Asian stop on the tour that is now on hiatus until June when the final jaunts through Europe and Oceania will kick off. Coldplay played for 106,027 attendees at Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium on Feb. 3-4, adding $16.9 million to the tour’s overall gross that now stands at $811 million from over 7.6 million sold tickets worldwide.

The Artist Power Index also has a former top-ranked performer back at the No. 1 position as Taylor Swift moves to the top from No. 27 after resuming the “Eras” tour in Japan. Her four concerts Feb. 7-10 at the Tokyo Dome kicked off the tour’s 2024 schedule that will also include multiple-show engagements in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, as well as Singapore before the tour begins a stretch of European dates in May.

APX has seven concert touring acts returning to the chart after a previous appearance during the past 13 weeks, along with seven who make their debut in this issue. The highest ranked among the new entries is Journey with the No. 16 position following the launch of the “Freedom” tour in recognition of the band’s 50th anniversary. Toto, also with a debut this week at No. 35, is part of the lineup on the North American arena tour that is booked through the end of April.

The top-ranked performer returning to the Artist Power Index is Karol G who holds the No. 7 slot after last charting at No. 48 in the Jan. 22 issue based only on her Streaming, Airplay and Social scores. With her first two concerts of 2024 at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on Feb. 8-9, she earns a Live rank which propels her to the Top 10.

With the number of concerts in 2024 beginning to increase, while more shows are being reported ahead of Pollstar’s first quarterly report of the year, LIVE75 also sees a bevy of new entries on the chart this week. There are 33 new tours among the 75 that appear in the rankings including Coldplay at No. 1 as the “Hot Shot” of the week, but seven more headliners also debut in the top 25. The highest ranked among them is German duo Ehrlich Brothers at No. 13 with a five-show sold-ticket average of 5,819.