Katy Perry's Australia Tour Sells 350,000 Tickets, Could Have 'Easily' Added a Dozen Shows
Katy Perry’s Prismatic tour has left Australia, but it won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
The pop star broke the venue record at Sydney’s Allphones Arena on the weekend, en route to shifting more than 350,000 tickets across the 23-date Prismatic World Tour Australia, Billboard can reveal. No other tour this year will eclipse those numbers. And what’s more, the trek’s promoter Paul Dainty reveals her fans would have “easily” snapped-up tickets for another twelve dates, or more.
Perry’s six-show stretch at the Allphones Arena sold 89,500 tickets, besting the record previously held by One Direction, who sold 81,542 across seven shows in 2013 (before that, Metallica briefly owned the record with 74,244 sold across four shows in 2010 at the AEG Ogden-managed venue). The Californian was presented with a plaque, and a bike, for her record-breaking achievement (see below). The plaque will be permanently fixed outside of the arena entry.
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Dainty, through his company Dainty Group, has produced Australasian tours for the likes of Eminem, Michael Buble, Lionel Richie, Queen and Miley Cyrus over the past 12 months. The Prismatic tour, however, was a cut-above.
“They’ve all done amazing. But she’s a star performer. In this market, 350,000 is enormous. She’s a mile ahead of everyone else,” he tells Billboard. “Once, every so often, you see a tour that beomes something extraordinary. For all intensive purposes, we’d sold out within two days of going on sale in March. Sadly, though you can’t expect her to work endlessly, that was the tip of the iceberg. We could have added another dozen shows everywhere easily. Without a blink. And probably even more.”
Ticket demand, says Dainty, was “extraordinary. Even when we’d sold out there was still (up to) 40,000 people online in various cities still trying to buy tickets. She could have been here for another month or two if she had the time.”
On Friday morning local time, EMI announced Katy's latest album, Prism, had reached five-times platinum (350,000 units) in Australia. The set’s lead single "Roar" is 11-times platinum certified and now her biggest hit in the market, outpacing “Firework” (nine-times platinum).
Perry’s Australia visit finished Monday at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. She completes her award-winning world tour Saturday with a second night playing Auckland’s Vector Arena. A performance at half-time in the Super Bowl awaits in February.
As impressive as her journey Down Under has panned-out for Katy, it’ll take something special to knock Pink from her perch as the all-time box-office drawcard in Australia. The Philadelphia pop star’s 2009 Funhouse tour of Australia sold an estimated 650,000 tickets across 58 arena shows. Pink’s 2013 The Truth About Love Tour did north of 500,000 tickets across 46 dates (both Pink tours were promoted by Michael Coppel, now head of Live Nation’s presence in Australia and NZ).