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.”
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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).
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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).