After launching in October 2019, the Bandsintown + Billboard touring indexes went on a hiatus for much of the worldwide concert shutdown. For more than a year, Bandsintown tracked the most engaged artists around in the world in the livestream space, as the face of live performance morphed to adapt to the ever-changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, with the fall concert schedule heating up stateside and internationally, the original quartet of indices return to track the hottest trending tours around the world.
The Bandsintown + Billboard Index includes four weekly charts: Global Top Artists, U.S. Top Artists, Global Rising Artists, and U.S. Rising Artists. The Top Artists rankings include all acts with 250,000 or more Bandsintown trackers, while the Rising Artists lists feature acts with 10,000-249,999 trackers.
These weekly rankings are based on percentage growth in overall engagement during a rolling month, including new trackers, ticket clicks, and event RSVPs (all four indices will update weekly, using data from the previous 30 days).
Fans can become a “tracker” of their favorite artists on bandsintown.com by searching for any given act. All artist pages host a complete touring schedule, links to music and merchandise, and allows fans to post show reviews. Each individual show listing has options to click through to purchase a ticket link (ticket clicks) in addition to links to rsvp within Bandsintown, by selecting “interested” or “going.”
Ticket clicks across all artist pages on Bandsintown have risen to 11 million in the last month.
The War on Drugs re-launches the Top Artist indices at No. 1 as they ramp up to their next touring cycle. The Philadelphia-based rock band released “Living Proof” in July and, earlier this week, “I Don’t Live Here Anymore,” from their upcoming album of the same name.
The band’s tour will kick off Jan. 19, 2022, in Austin, Texas, and travel throughout the U.S., marking some of the biggest shows of their career at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Check out all four indices in the Bandsintown X Billboard section of Billboard’s main chart landing page, in addition to upcoming coverage of the top-grossing concerts, tours, venues and promoters around the world.