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Katy Perry’s Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes…

Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard’s weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour’s North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15.

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Four cities during that time period hosted the pop star for two performances: Chicago, New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The Windy City led the pack with the highest gross of $3.3 million from sold-out shows on Aug. 7 and 8 at the United Center. Meanwhile, Philly’s Wells Fargo Center sold the most tickets with attendance logged at 28,213 for performances on Aug. 4 and 5.

Perry played two shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 24-25, as well as a two-night stint at Boston’s TD Garden at the beginning of August. Since the North American trek kicked off on June 22, ticket sales for the Prismatic tour currently total $50 million from almost half a million sold tickets at 33 concerts, based on box office data reported to Billboard. The ongoing tour is booked in North American markets through mid-October and then heads down under in November for a six-city jaunt through Australia and New Zealand.

Phish ranks second among this week’s tally of 10 top-grossing tours based on $19.9 million in box office revenue reported from its summer tour through North American cities. With 25 concerts booked at outdoor venues during the two-month trek, the jam band kicked off the tour in the Boston area with more than 17,000 fans on hand at XFINITY Center.

In what has become a tradition for the band, the summer jaunt wrapped in the Denver market at the end of August at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The stadium has hosted Phish each year since 2011 for an end-of-summer run of concerts during Labor Day weekend. This year’s event drew 70,000 fans for shows on Aug. 29, 30 and 31, grossing $3.8 million. Overall sales for Phish’s summer tour totaled $20 million from 381,451 sold tickets at 25 shows.

Dave Matthews Band follows at No. 3 with $15.6 million in sales reported from its summer trek through North American markets that wrapped the first week of September. This tally includes shows dated July 11 through Sept. 6. Set primarily in outdoor amphitheaters, the jam band’s tour included the traditional Labor Day run of concerts at the Gorge, the 23,000-seat amphitheater located in central Washington state. This year’s engagement on Aug. 29-31, with $2.8 million in sales from 53,761 sold tickets, marked the ninth consecutive year that DMB has performed at the venue during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The band’s association with the venue stretches back to the ’90s, however, with its first appearance in 1996. They were on the bill for Blues Traveler‘s H.O.R.D.E. festival tour that summer and began headlining at the amphitheater the following year. The group has performed at the venue every year since then. Dave Matthews Band’s tour wrapped after 42 shows with sales logged at $38 million from more than 675,000 sold seats.

One Direction lands at No. 4 on the tally with $12.5 million in ticket sales reported from its three-show stand at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the boy band’s only Where We Are tour appearance in the Los Angeles market. With performances on Sept. 11, 12 and 13, attendance at the venue was logged at 165,170 for all three nights.

1D is the first artist to perform three-night engagement at the stadium, according to Billboard Boxscore data. Artists with two-show engagements at the stadium include the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, as well as this summer’s co-headlining efforts by Beyonce and Jay Z, and Eminem and Rihanna. Pink Floyd has the highest single-show attendance count of the group with 64,530 per show for its Rose Bowl engagement on April 16-17, 1994, attended by 129,060 fans overall. The Stones performed at the stadium the same year and logged a total attendance of 119,140 (59,570 per show). One Direction’s per-show attendance count follows those two legendary bands with 55,056 each night of its run. For the record, U2 has the top attendance at the stadium for artists who performed for one night. The band played to 97,014 fans on Oct. 25, 2009, during its 360° tour.

  HOT TOURS Boxscores – Sept. 17, 2014
Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Dates
  Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
  July 15-Sept. 13
  Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
  CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh (1/1)
  Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (2/2)
  TD Garden, Boston (2/2)
  Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (2/2)
  United Center, Chicago (2/2)
  Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich. (1/1)
  Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
  Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/1)
  KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
  Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/1)
  Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
  Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb. (1/1)
  Target Center, Minneapolis (1/1)
  Fargodome, Fargo, N.D. (1/1)
  Moda Center, Portland, Ore. (1/1)
  Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash. (1/1)
  308,373 (308,373)
  July 1-Aug. 31
  XFINITY Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/0)
  Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (3/0)
  Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia (2/0)
  Randall’s Island, New York (3/0)
  CMAC Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, N.Y. (1/0)
  DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, Mich. (1/0)
  FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago (3/0)
  PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte (1/0)
  Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md. (2/0)
  nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth, Va. (2/0)
  Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, Ala. (1/0)
  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, Ga. (1/0)
  Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo. (3/0)
  371,965 (486,856)
  July 11-Sept. 6
  XFINITY Theatre, Hartford, Conn. (2/0)
  Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville (1/1)
  MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/0)
  Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (2/0)
  PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte (1/0)
  Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, N.C. (1/0)
  Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Va. (1/0)
  Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (1/0)
  Hearst Greek Theatre, Berkeley, Calif. (3/3)
  Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, Ore. (1/1)
  The Gorge, George, Wash. (3/0)
  Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif. (1/0)
  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, Calif. (1/0)
  269,762 (335,177)
  Sept. 11-13
  Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. (3/3)
  165,170 (165,170)
  July 4-20
  Vrijthof, Maastricht, Netherlands (8/0)
  58,428 (60,072)
  Aug. 26-27
  Allphones Arena, Sydney (2/2)
  24,773 (24,773)
  Sept. 4-6
  Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, N.M. (1/1)
  Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix (1/1)
  Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, Calif. (1/1)
  55,230 (55,230)
  Aug. 24-Sept. 6
  Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, Nev. (1/0)
  Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. (1/0)
  Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati (1/0)
  First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. (1/0)
  51,948 (65,500)
  Sept. 11-13
  CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, La. (1/1)
  Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/0)
  Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/0)
  36,689 (38,348)
  Sept. 5
  Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (1/1)
  12,902 (12,902)