PDA

View Full Version : Prince, Madonna Tours Top Draws in Difficult Year


Rocketta
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:00 PM
Prince, Madonna Tours Top Draws in Difficult Year

Sun Dec 26,11:34 AM ET
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/my/addtomyyahoo3.gif (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/addtomy/*http://add.my.yahoo.com/content?id=6158&.src=yn&.done=http%3a//news.yahoo.com/news%3ftmpl=story%26cid=769%26e=1%26u=/nm/20041226/music_nm/leisure_music_dc) Entertainment - Reuters (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/addtomy/*http://add.my.yahoo.com/content?id=6158&.src=yn&.done=http%3a//news.yahoo.com/news%3ftmpl=story%26cid=769%26e=1%26u=/nm/20041226/music_nm/leisure_music_dc)



By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In a dismal year for the touring industry, with ticket prices soaring and seats going unsold, music fans in North America partied like it was 1989 as Prince and Madonna (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/music_nm/leisure_music_dc/13803785/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Madonna%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw) - web sites (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/music_nm/leisure_music_dc/13803785/*http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=web-storylinks&p=Madonna)) topped the concert box office.

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20041226/amdf804467.jpg (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/041226/photos_en/mdf804467)
Reuters Photo (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/041226/photos_en/mdf804467)


According to freshly tabulated estimates provided by concert trade publication Pollstar, Prince sold $87.4 million in tickets in 2004, while Madonna earned $79.5 million. Prince also worked a bit harder for his payday, playing 96 shows, compared with 39 for Madonna.



Canadian pop singer Celine Dion (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/celeb/nm/music_nm/leisure_music_dc/13803785/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Celine%20Dion%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw)) actually topped Madonna by about $900,000, but her haul came exclusively from 154 dates performed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as part of a four-year engagement at the casino.



Next on Pollstar's list were hard rock warriors Metallica (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/music_nm/leisure_music_dc/13803785/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Metallica%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw) - web sites (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/music_nm/leisure_music_dc/13803785/*http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=web-storylinks&p=Metallica)) ($60.5 million), singer-comedienne Bette Midler (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/celeb/nm/music_nm/leisure_music_dc/13803785/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Bette%20Midler%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw)) ($59.4 million), reunited rock band Van Halen ($54.3 million) and country singer Kenny Chesney ($50.8 million).



Among all-time tours, Prince's "Musicology" road show ranks eighth. The Rolling Stones, expected to return to the road in the summer, top the list with sales of $121.2 million from their 1994 tour.



It was a good year for Prince, 46, whose idiosyncratic ways had taken him out of the mainstream for a decade. In February, he performed at the Grammys; in March, he stole the show at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and hit the road to play sold-out arenas.



But most musicians found the going tough. "With few exceptions, every act had some places where they didn't do well," Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni told Reuters.



Higher ticket prices did not help. Pollstar calculated that average prices rose 3.5 percent to $52.06 in 2004. By contrast, core consumer prices rose 2.2 percent in the year to November, according to the U.S. Labor Dept.



ELTON'S $158 TICKET



Average prices were actually higher at mid-year -- $58.71 -- before rampant discounting by promoters faced with poorly attended venues during the key summer touring season.



Honors for the highest average price went to Elton John (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/celeb/nm/music_nm/leisure_music_dc/13803785/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Elton%20John%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw)) (No. 10, $43.3 million), who charged $158.22 for the average ticket, followed by Madonna at $143.59 a pop. An average Prince ticket cost just $61.04.



Overall, Pollstar estimated gross sales rose almost one percent to $1.96 billion in 2004, with the number of tickets sold down by nearly three percent to 37.6 million. Prince accounted for 1.43 million of those tickets, followed by Chesney (1.14 million) and Metallica (1.05 million).



Apportioning the blame for the downturn depends on who you ask. Promoters say the artists demand too much money, forcing them, in turn, to charge higher ticket prices. Artists say promoters keep offering more lucrative deals, which they can hardly reject, especially when CD sales are weak.



Either way, more and more fans decided to stay home, especially if their favorite artists had already passed through recently.



"Some acts have toured too much," said Bongiovanni, citing Rod Stewart (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/celeb/nm/music_nm/leisure_music_dc/13803785/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Rod%20Stewart%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw)) (No. 11 with $42.5 million) and Aerosmith (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/music_nm/leisure_music_dc/13803785/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Aerosmith%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw) - web sites (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/manual/nm/music_nm/leisure_music_dc/13803785/*http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=web-storylinks&p=Aerosmith)) (No. 21, $25.6 million) as examples.



Among the high-profile disasters was Lollapalooza, the annual rock touring festival, which was canceled before the first show. Jazz pianist Norah Jones (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/celeb/nm/music_nm/leisure_music_dc/13803785/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Norah%20Jones%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw)) also found the going tough when she upgraded to amphitheaters from more cozy venues.

Besides the Rolling Stones, who are working on an album but have not announced a tour yet, Irish rockers U2 are set to begin a 10-month world tour next March in Florida.

Rocketta
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:01 PM
I think Prince kicked their asses this year...:dance:

I mean Madonna's ticket prices averaged 2 1/2 times the price of Prince tickets. :)

I'm happy for him. Now I hope when and if he decides to do concerts again he goes back to doing little venues....:)

Hagar
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:07 PM
PRINCE!!! :hearts: WAY TO GO, YA SEXY MOTHERF!CKER!!!

Next time the little funky man is back in Belgium, I should go and see him again...
It's been a while, last time I saw him was in 1998 but all together I've seen him TEN times and there's no other artist I can say that about! :D

Hagar
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:11 PM
Anyway, it's been hard to follow Prince's musical production with all his conflicts with record companies and stuff, but I can assure everyone that when it comes to producing a hot and steamy act on stage, there is simply no one who does a better job than Prince.

Rocketta
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:15 PM
Anyway, it's been hard to follow Prince's musical production with all his conflicts with record companies and stuff, but I can assure everyone that when it comes to producing a hot and steamy act on stage, there is simply no one who does a better job than Prince.
I agree! :yeah:

unfortunately, he was saying (of course you take this with a grain of salt from Prince) that this was his last touring where he will perform his oldies but goodies...:tears: Also, now that he's a christian no more songs with explicit lyrics or cursing....so No "Sexy MotherFucker"......which of course is one of my favorite Prince songs...no "Darling Nikki"....:tears:

However, you never know with Prince......the wind could change and his opinion along with it. :D

harloo
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:20 PM
Well if you give away free albums with ticket purchase, of course you will have good sales. No? ;)

Hagar
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:20 PM
OMG, is he a Christian now?
Well, in a couple of years he might be a devil worshipper, you never know with this guy. :devil:
Anyway, even a concert with no lyrics at all, will still be mighty steamy!

(Hagar puts on a CD by Prince in order to bring back the memories)

Rocketta
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:34 PM
Well if you give away free albums with ticket purchase, of course you will have good sales. No? ;)
No, because the price of the album was worked into the ticket price and that amount went to album sales. ;)

harloo
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:35 PM
OMG, is he a Christian now?
Well, in a couple of years he might be a devil worshipper, you never know with this guy. :devil:
Anyway, even a concert with no lyrics at all, will still be mighty steamy!

(Hagar puts on a CD by Prince in order to bring back the memories)
I read in a rolling stone article where Prince was blasting MTV for their negative images, he criticized Janet for the superbowl scandal, and said he didn't get no nose job(referring to Michael Jackson).

Isn't this the same artist who showed his pale ass in chaps on the MTV music awards? And is this the same artist who had hits like Pussy Control, and Cream? :tape: :lol:

I still like Prince though for hits like Purple Rain, Rasberry Beret,Diamonds And Pearls, and When Doves Cry which is one of my favorites of all time.;)

Rocketta
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:36 PM
OMG, is he a Christian now?
Well, in a couple of years he might be a devil worshipper, you never know with this guy. :devil:
Anyway, even a concert with no lyrics at all, will still be mighty steamy!

(Hagar puts on a CD by Prince in order to bring back the memories)
He's a Jehovah Witness....:unsure:

He has been known to go witness in the Minneapolis area....now that's one knock on the door I would welcome. :bounce:


but you are right the church might piss him off and next year he's back to having a whole new set of songs he hasn't performed. :devil:

However, I will say if he's happy and has found contentment in his religion I hope he doesn't backslide. :)

harloo
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:46 PM
No, because the price of the album was worked into the ticket price and that amount went to album sales. ;)
A great marketing strategy don't you say?:D ;)

Hagar
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:47 PM
I still like Prince though for hits like Purple Rain, Rasberry Beret,Diamonds And Pearls, and When Doves Cry which is one of my favorites of all time.;)
And 1999, Little Red Corvette, Controversy, Pop Life, Kiss, Sign of the Times, Alphabet Street,...

The guy has written some absolute classics who still stand as a rock today.
And he made one of the best concert movies that were ever made with "Sign of the Times". Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

Plus in a lot of the R&B and funk of today you hear elements of Prince's music.

He's one of the greatest musicians of all times.

harloo
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:50 PM
And 1999, Little Red Corvette, Controversy, Pop Life, Kiss, Sign of the Times, Alphabet Street,...

The guy has written some absolute classics who still stand as a rock today.
And he made one of the best concert movies that were ever made with "Sign of the Times". Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

Plus in a lot of the R&B and funk of today you hear elements of Prince's music.

He's one of the greatest musicians of all times.
I agree!!!;)

Rocketta
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:56 PM
A great marketing strategy don't you say?:D ;)
brilliant! :dance:

Rocketta
Dec 28th, 2004, 07:58 PM
I read in a rolling stone article where Prince was blasting MTV for their negative images, he criticized Janet for the superbowl scandal, and said he didn't get no nose job(referring to Michael Jackson).

Isn't this the same artist who showed his pale ass in chaps on the MTV music awards? And is this the same artist who had hits like Pussy Control, and Cream? :tape: :lol:

I still like Prince though for hits like Purple Rain, Rasberry Beret,Diamonds And Pearls, and When Doves Cry which is one of my favorites of all time.;)
Well you know new christians are usually over zealous...;)

but I will say one thing he was/is dead on about the lack of musicianship in contemporary music these days....

harloo
Dec 28th, 2004, 08:02 PM
Well you know new christians are usually over zealous...;)

but I will say one thing he was/is dead on about the lack of musicianship in contemporary music these days....
Yeah I will agree on that one. Some artists don't really study the craft and write their own material.