Chart Scene: Megadeth Earns LIVE75 Debut With ‘Crush The World’ Latin American Dates

Megadeth Concert In Monterrey
Teemu Mäntysaari of Megadeth performs at Arena Monterrey on April 27, 2024, in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo by Medios y Media/Getty Images)

Megadeth joins the lineup on LIVE75, entering the top 10 at No. 6 based on ticket sales from five shows on the thrash metal band’s “Crush The World Tour” that played Latin American venues in April. After kicking off in Peru on April 6, the tour featured 12 concerts in eight countries and wrapped in El Salvador on the 30th of the month.

Contributing to the group’s ranking on the chart were an April 9 performance at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, that was attended by 14,828 fans and, later in the month, a two-night stint at Bogotá, Colombia’s Movistar Arena, April 21-22, that logged 21,074 sold tickets and a $1.4 million gross. Then, back-to-back concerts in Mexico at Arena CDMX in Mexico City on the 25th and Arena Monterrey on the 27th produced 18,706 and 18,764 sold tickets, respectively. Together, the five concerts moved a total of 73,372 sold tickets and grossed $4 million.

Looking ahead, Megadeth will head to Europe in June for headlining dates in arenas and various outdoor venues along with a slate of festival appearances. Then in August, the group will begin the “Destroy All Enemies” trek with Mudvayne and All That Remains, a 33-city stretch through U.S. markets that runs through the end of September.

Leading the pack on LIVE75 is Kenny Chesney who debuts at No. 1 with a sold-ticket average of 53,583 per show from the first three stops on his “Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour.” Ticket sales from the trek’s opening performance on April 20 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, totaled 60,529, a new personal best at the venue for the country touring titan who traditionally kicks off his stadium tours there.

Following the opener, Chesney sold 53,460 tickets for a sold-out event April 27 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. He followed that show with a concert in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium with 46,760 fans in attendance. The gross from all three shows was a whopping $23.1 million for a per-show average of $7.7 million, the highest of any touring artist on the chart.

On the Artist Power Index, Nicki Minaj makes her third consecutive appearance at No. 1 this year during her ongoing “Pink Friday 2 World Tour,” while the top debut in this issue belongs to fellow rapper Gunna, ranked No. 22. The 30-year-old Georgia native hits the chart following the launch of “The Bittersweet Tour,” his 16-date headlining trek supported by special guest Flo Milli. The tour opener was held at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio on May 4 with Detroit’s Fox Theatre and Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom in Chicago following on the schedule. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will continue through June 11.

Other artists entering the Artist Power Index this week include The Chainsmokers at No. 31 following a Dallas stadium show on May 4 and Sexyy Red at No. 48 with three U.S. arena dates. Then, Train debuts at No. 49 following a string of European shows.