Demi Lovato Tops Hot Tours with $3M from South American Trek

Demi Lovato Performs on April 14, 2014
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April 14: Demi Lovato performs as part of the iHeartRadio Live series at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California. 

Demi Lovato heads the list of touring artists in the weekly tally of Hot Tours with ticket sales reported from the South American leg of her Neon Lights tour. A North American trek kicked off the tour, beginning on Feb. 9 in Vancouver and hitting 28 cities through the end of March. The jaunt through South American markets followed in April, beginning with a slate of concerts in Brazilian venues. The opener was a three-night stand at Citibank Hall in São Paulo on April 22, 24 and 25 with more than 20,000 tickets sold. Two days later the pop star played the first of two shows in Rio de Janeiro, followed by a performance in the capital city of Brasília on April 30. Box office revenue from all three Brazilian venues was just over $3 million, based on 41,769 sold seats. Lovato will wrap the South American leg of her tour on May 10 in Ecuador and then play a pair of shows in Mexico the following week. A one-off performance at the London club KOKO is planned for June 1.
Bryan Adams is second in the Hot Tours ranking based on $1.5 million in reported sales from nine concerts on his Bare Bones tour through North American markets. The first date is from last November, a sold out performance in New York City at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. The remaining shows are from his recent three-month trek through U.S. and Canadian cities that wrapped on May 5 in Providence, R.I. The Bare Bones tour features the Canadian singer in an intimate concert setting with just guitar and piano accompaniment. During the remainder of the year, Adams will be playing more acoustic sets as well as dates with a full band in Canada and Europe. In November he will embark on his Reckless 30th Anniversary tour, booked in arenas in the U.K. and other European countries through the end of 2014.

Taiwanese artist Jay Chou scores a Hot Tours mention, taking the No. 3 slot with sales reported from a concert in Australia on April 11. The pop singer grossed $1.4 million from his performance at Allphones Arena in Sydney during his Opus world tour. Following at No. 4 is the Fresh Beat Band with $1.1 million in sales from two stops on its live tour last fall. The group’s concert performance includes songs for preschoolers from the Nickelodeon television series. Promoted by AEG Live, the tour played two shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden theatre on Nov. 29 and 30 and the following day at Monmouth University’s Multipurpose Activity Center in West Long Branch, N.J.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers make an appearance among the 10 top-grossing tours of the week, coming in at No. 5 with $1.1 million in sales at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan. The veteran rock band, now in its 31st year, performed in Puerto Rico for the first time ever on April 6. The concert was one of the final dates on the band’s tour that kicked off last May in Portland, Oregon. During 2013 and the first few months of this year, the group played dates in both North and South America, primarily festival appearances. They also performed in the Philippines for the first time, headlining the 7107 International Music Festival on Feb. 23.
Country star Darius Rucker is ninth on the list with grosses reported from three markets on his True Believers tour that played U.S. cities during the first quarter of the year. Top numbers came from his sold out performance at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C. on Feb. 21. The Charleston native played for a crowd of 12,284 in his home state with sales totaling $514,530. The Eli Young Band and David Nail joined Rucker as opening acts for the first leg of his arena tour. Additional True Believers tour dates are booked for the summer, along with performances at fairs, festivals and other outdoor venues through mid-October.