Katy Perry tops the weekly slate of Hot Tours with sales reported from five cities on the four-month North American swing of her Prismatic Tour, which kicked off in the U.S. on June 22. The first four dates of the tour, reported during a previous week, were sellouts at arenas in Raleigh, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Nashville; and Atlanta. This week’s tally includes concerts at three Florida venues along with two arenas in the metropolitan New York/New Jersey market.
The Florida run began in Tampa with a June 30 performance at the Tampa Bay Times Forum with 13,680 fans in the house. The Fort Lauderdale market produced a crowd of 12,888 on July 2 at the BB&T Center, and the second South Florida stop the following evening was a sellout with 13,543 sold seats at Miami’s American Airlines Arena. The next week Perry headed to the Northeastern U.S., playing to a full house at New York’s Madison Square Garden on July 9. A two-night engagement at Newark, N.J.’s Prudential Center followed on July 11 and 12 with more than 25,000 tickets sold for both shows. The $3.3 million Garden State gross is the North American leg’s best box office result so far.
Perry is on the road this year in support of her album Prism, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in October. The world tour followed in 2014, launching in the U.K. on May 7. She performed at eight venues in the country before capping the run with a four-night stand at London’s O2 arena on May 27-28 and 30-31. The trek through the U.S. and Canada began three weeks later.
The North American leg of the Prismatic tour will run through mid-October and will feature a variety of support acts. L.A.-based pop duo Capital Cities was first out of the gate and will open through the Chicago concerts at the United Center on Aug. 7 and 8. Country femme Kacey Musgraves will take over at that point and open the shows until Tegan and Sara join the tour in September. Singer-songwriter Ferras is also on the bill during the North American trek. He is the first artist to sign with Perry’s record label, Metamorphosis Music, a subsidiary of Capitol Records. Following the U.S. and Canadian run, concerts are booked in Mexico, Australia and New Zealand during the fall, and a European leg will kick off next February.
Chicago’s Wrigley Field impacts this week’s Hot Tours tally as the site of two major concert events on consecutive evenings. Billy Joel, No. 3 in the ranking, performed a two-hour set of hits at the 100-year-old home of the Chicago Cubs on July 18, grossing $4.6 million from a crowd of 41,957. On the following day, country music fans filled the ballpark to see Blake Shelton on stage with opening acts The Band Perry, newcomers Dan + Shay and country veteran Neal McCoy. Shelton, the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, is on the road this summer with the second leg of his Ten Times Crazier tour. His performance at Wrigley, with a sellout crowd of 40,912, grossed $2.7 million to earn this week’s No. 5 slot.
Three more country acts find their place among the 10 top-grossing tours of the week including Jason Aldean who is second on the Hot Tours list. He scores with $5.6 million in sales from 10 performances at seven venues during his Burn It Down tour with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. The summertime effort kicked off at the beginning of May with three arena concerts but is set to play primarily stadiums and outdoor amphitheaters through the fall. Brad Paisley is fourth with a gross of $3.2 million from six stops on his Country Nation world tour that is set to play sheds, fairs and festivals in North America this summer. Opening for Paisley are Randy Houser, Leah Turner and Charlie Worsham. Rascal Flatts lands in the No. 6 slot with $1.5 million in ticket sales reported from three amphitheater concerts during its Rewind tour. The trio is on the road with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana this summer.