Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sold Out Concerts: Who Brings Out The Most Fans?


It's every artist's dream to be able to sell out massive stadiums, like Madison Square Garden, and London's O2. But there are some artists who take that to extremes, like taking on London's Twickenham Stadium. Critic of Music is going to analyze some of musics biggest stars, and give them a rating based on their turnouts.

The Formula
Each star will be given a rating on a scale from 1-10 (10 being the best). They will also be judged on their most recent tour. They will be judged on their ability to sell out in 2 key cities: London and New York. These two cities are the pinnacle of fame, if you can sell out a stadium in New York, you can sell out anywhere. The scoreboard works like this:

0 points for no date scheduled.
1 point for arenas 2.5K or less (Ex. Best Buy Theatre)
2 points for arenas 2.5-9.9K (Radio City Music Hall)
3 points for arenas 10K-15K (Wembley Arena)
4 points for arenas 15K-30K (Madison Square Garden and O2)
5 points for 30K and up (Yankee Stadium, Twickenham Stadium)

The artist gets their English score combined with their American score, for a total of 10 points possible.

The Exceptions
An artist does not get points if they play at a stadium for a festival, because not all of the people are going to see that specific artist. An artist can also get half a point added for selling out an arena of a larger size in a different city, but the same country. For example, Taylor Swift gets 4 points for selling out Madison Square Garden, but an extra .5 point for selling out Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, a 60K sporting arena. An artist can get an extra point for selling out the same venue consecutively, for example, Beyoncé gets 5 English points for selling out the 02 arena 6 times, for 120K tickets sold in total. Finally, the venue does not have to be in the city of New York or London itself, the Metropolitan Area is acceptable.

Now that that's set up, let's begin!!


Adele: Adele Live
America: 5 points (3 dates at Barclays Center)
England: 1 point 
Bonus Points: N/A
Total: 6/10

Beyoncé: Mrs. Carter Show World Tour
America: 5 points (3 dates at Barclays Center)
England: 5 points (6 dates at the O2)
Bonus points: N/A
Total: 10/10

Christina Aguilera: Bionic Tour
America: 3 Points
England: 0 points
Bonus Points: N/A
Total: 3/10

Demi Lovato: A Special Night With Demi Lovato
America: 3 points
England: 0 points
Bonus Points: N/A
Total: 3/10

Ellie Goulding: Halcyon Days Tour
America: 2 Points (Terminal 5)
England: 2 Points
Bonus: N/A
Total: 4/10

Florence + The Machine: Ceremonials Tour
America: 4 Points (Comcast Center)
England: 4 points (O2 Arena)
Bonus: N/A
Total: 8/10

Jessie J: Heartbear Tour
America: 0 points
England: 4 points
Bonus: N/A
Total: 4/10

Katy Perry: California Dreams Tour
America: 4 points
England: 3 points
Bonus: N/A
Total: 7/10

Kesha: Get Sleazy Tour
America: 3 points
England: 2 points
Bonus: N/A
Total: 5/10 

Kelly Clarkson: Stronger Tour
America: 2 points
England: 3 points
Bonus: N/A
Total: 5/10

Lady Gaga: Born This Way Ball
America: 5 points (2 MSG, 2 Barclays Center)
England: 5 points
Bonus: .5 (Girl sold out Twickenham Stadium, TWICE)
Total: 10.5/10

Madonna: MDNA Tour
America: 5 points (Yankee Stadium)
England: 5 points (Hyde Park, 55K)
Bonus: .5 (Yankee Stadium, twice. I have never heard of an artist pulling 120K in New York)
Total: 10.5/10

Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday Tour
America: 2 points
England: 4 points
Bonus: .5 (for selling 8K tickets at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans)
Total: 6.5/10

P!nk: The Truth About Love Tour
America: 4 points
England: 5 points
Bonus:.5 for her massive Australian leg (2 million tickets sold, pretty respectable)
Total: 9.5/10

Paramore: Paramore World Tour
America: 2 points
England: 4 points
Bonus: N/A
Total: 6/10

Rihanna: Diamonds World Tour
America: 4 points
England: 5 points
Bonus: .5 (Twickewnham Stadium, TWICE)
Total: 9.5/10

Taylor Swift: Red Tour (With Europe Date from the Speak Now World Tour)
America: 4 points
England: 3 points
Bonus: .5 (for her 53K in Dallas)
Total: 7.5/10

There you have it! Lady Gaga and Madonna excelled with an over-perfect score of 10.5, Beyonce in second with 10, and Rihanna and P!nk scoring third with 9.5. Thoughts, comments concerns? Honk your horn below!



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