Previous reports claimed Britney snatched Elton John, Celine Dion, basically any global superstar’s wig with her Piece of Me residency, but the numbers don’t take into consideration other ticket selling outlets – thus, making it pretty misleading.
The stats were based off data from just Stub Hub, who said she had the best selling residency in Las Vegas and outsold Shania Twain and Rod Stewart – who’ve been performing for years. They did confirm 14% of all tickets sold on their site for Piece Of Me so far this year were for her February 14 show.
Billboard’s BoxScore confirmed her first four shows — on Dec. 27, 28, 30 and 31 — all sold-out with total attendance of 17,803 and gross of $2,470,021, or an average of 4,450 tickets and $617,505 gross per show. In other words, she’s selling as well as she possibly could so far.
Yahoo! did a little investigating.
By comparison, Elton John’s “Million Dollar Piano” at Caesars Palace sold out all 14 of its shows in its recently wrapped seventh leg that ran from Sept. 18-Oct. 12, selling 57,889 tickets and pulling in $8,930,160 for an average of 4,134 tickets and $637,868 gross per show.
Celine Dion’s four shows at Caesars Palace from Dec. 30-Jan. 5 all sold out, selling 17,004 tickets and grossing $2,869,070 — an average of 4,251 tickets and $717,267 in sales per show.
Rod Stewart completed a nine-show run at Caesars Palace in November, with three sell-outs, selling a total of 33,213 tickets and totaling $4,091,540 —an average of 3,690 tickets and $454,615 gross per show.
Shania Twain, who also played Caesars Palace, wrapped a 10-show run in late November and early December, selling 30,966 tickets and grossing $3,504,748 for an average of 3,096 tickets and $350,474 gross per show.
I **** at math, but I’m pretty sure those figures means Brit Brit isn’t slaying Celine Dion, who re-newed her contract with Caesars until 2019, quite yet.
Not gonna lie, I read the original report from Buzzfeed and knew it didn’t make sense but posted it anyway because… I DGAF. Responsible journalism at its finest. #RideOrDie4Britney