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Madonna’s MDNA TOUR, of course!
Billboard has just published their end-of-the-year lists and, as I have been saying for months, Madonna’s MDNA Tour is the highst grossing tour of the year - and she still has some more shows to go. Madonna also ranks at #3 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and #5 on the Dance/Club artists chart.
Our beloved Lady Gaga, poor thing, #2?
What the heck?
Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball ended up at #6!
And just like I have said before, Lady Gaga would not report all of her shows because many of them flopped.
Remember when I said Lady Gaga would pretend her entire tour was “sold out” by hiding the commercially flopped concerts and acting like they never happened?
Check the number of shows Billboard says she performed: 65. Billboard says “65 sold out shows out of 65.“
Except that Lady Gaga has already performed 80 shows with theBorn This Way Ball to date - NOT 65.
Until the end of November, Lady Gaga had performed 76 shows - not 65.
Why have only 65 shows been reported to Billboard Boxscore?
You know why!
Coldplay (#5 on the list) didn’t have a problem revealing that not every single show was sold out - they are still ahead of Lady Gaga on the list.
Cirque Du Soleil, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen… they are all ahead of Lady Gaga and they still did not have a problem revealing the real numbers of their tours - not every single show was sold out.
Only Lady Gaga, who has her own head far up her own ass could not deal with the fact that she flopped in many markets. Only Lady Gaga and her big inflated ego lied about selling out all of her shows.
The saddest thing is seeing that Billboard decided to help Lady Gaga hide the fact that her tour was NOT sold out.
- Ask them what happened to Lady Gaga’s shows in Mexico City, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Santiago, Lima, Asunción?
I’ve been saying this forever: the mainstream media protects Lady Gaga. Does anyone still have doubts?
You can reach Billboard.com’s Managing Editor, Jessica Letkemann, on Jessica.Letkemann@billboard.com, Billboard’s Charts Manager, Gary Trust, on Gary.Trust@billboard.com, and Billboard’s Research Manager, Gordon Murray, on Research@billboard.com.
You can also ask them on Twitter: @billboard
Billboard Bizz has an article that talks about the highest grossing tours and the artists on the list. It’s interesting to see that Gaga’s people still over-hype her. It’s even more interesting to see that Gaga’s booker reveals they envision her longevity like Madonna’s and the Rolling Stones’. But again, Billboard failed to expose Lady Gaga and the fact that she is hiding the numbers of her flopped shows in some markets:
“Lady Gaga has yet to play to North American fans on her “Born This Way Ball” tour, but international audiences drove Gaga’s gross to $124.9 million, with 1.1 million in attendance to 65 shows. The run is produced by Live Nation Global Touring, and Gaga is managed by Troy Carter and booked by WME’s Geiger.
“The strategy on this run was to use this album cycle to go into marketplaces she left untapped in the first cycle, [knowing] she was a huge cultural force in those places,” Geiger says. ”We really tried, as part of this plan, to ‘crop rotate,’ and it has worked, because you have to lay down roots if you’re going to be a global superstar everywhere.”’
“Gaga added stadiums to the mix internationally, but will play primarily arenas in North America next year, which could be considered an underplay. “We look at it as, ‘We have a real artist here’ — we always did — and this is just part of artist development,” Geiger says of the strategy. “Her measurement of success is, I believe, to be a brilliant, interesting artist for 25-30 years, or longer. The Stones and Madonna have shown you can do this for a long time and do it well, and we’re still in the early stages [with Gaga].””
» I think they failed to realize that the Stones and Madonna were not selling less albums within their first four years in the music business. They were getting bigger at that stage of their career. The same stage Gaga finds herself now selling less records than before, covering up empty seats and half empty stadiums and with a tour that will not be bigger than the previous one. Talk about the huge cultural impact she has had in those places, huh, Geiger?
“As was the case for her tours in 2009 and 2004, Madonna emerges as the highest-grossing touring act for the year with “MDNA” still under way and putting up huge numbers. (…) Madonna joins the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Bon Jovi among the only acts to be the highest-grossing tour twice in a three-year span, according to Boxscore. (…)
Though she still had numbers to add to the tally when the chart period closed, Madonna’s $228.4 million gross from 72 sellouts and 1.6 million in attendance is tops for the year by a wide margin. “MDNA” is Madonna’s fifth tour with Fogel’s team, a run that marks the artist’s surge into the elite ranks of touring acts and inarguably makes her the top touring female artist of all time, a designation that Fogel readily embraces.
“It seems like I have said this a number of times following Madonna tours — five times to be precise: The overwhelming global success of the “MDNA” tour proves yet again that Madonna is the greatest female touring artist,” Fogel says from Medellin, Colombia, where, following a turnout of 85,000 paid attendees in Mexico City, Madonna was poised to play to another 80,000 ticket buyers. “As this tour takes its place as one of the most successful in history, I can’t help but enjoy the fact that it is the millions of fans who determine that.“
» Very well said, Fogel. I guess millions of twitter followers do not fill up stadiums worldwide.
News of Lady Gaga’s recently flop in Russia just keeps coming - and it gets better and better!
Now, it’s time to talk about Moscow.
Even though Lady Gaga sold more tickets for her concert in Moscow than in Saint Petersburg, she still couldn’t sell out the venue. However, a performer’s worst nightmare was stil ahead, it happened during the show:
The Born This Way Ball is so bad and boring that people walked out on her - during the show!
Yup! Those rumors are TRUE.
People were walking out on Gaga during her show in Moscow!
And no, it’s not one or two people walking out a door - it’s entire groups of people walking out from every side of the venue, leaving the floor and leaving the pitch seats.
Also, pay attention to the amount of empty seats in the arena:
Can’t wait to read all the new excuses little monsters will create this time.
Look at this lovely picture, there’s more empty seats than people there:
So above we have Gaga on stage in Moscow. Below we have a picture of the venue before Madonna started her show - oh, that’s the same arena:
Remember that image I posted in which you can see an entire section covered in black fabric?
Note that you can see several empty seats in between people in the center of that picture too:
The picture above was taken before the concert started. But do you remember how the floor (general admission) looked like a few minutes before the show started?
They had to do something about it.
So guess what Lady Gaga’s team tried to do to cover up that emptiness?
They moved people from the cheaper seats in back of the arena (where allegedly no one could see) and put them on the floor to make it look full-er.
But there is one problem: we could still see the empty seats in the back.
Compare them for yourselves: during the concert, the seats area is even emptier than before the concert started.
Why? Because the concert’s organizers moved all those people to the floor to make it look full:
Nice try, folks.
Special thanks to Alexander for the video and the new pictures.
On a side note:
In Oslo, Norway, Lady Gaga played at the same arena Madonna played with the MDNA Tour. The difference?
MDNA Tour in Oslo: 18,631 people.
FLOP This Way Ball in Oslo: 11,000 people.
SAME ARENA, folks! Same arena!
Remember my post about Lady Gaga’s concert in Saint Petersburg, Russia?
Little monsters are still trying to prove me wrong!
So here’s what I get from them:
The picture he sent? This one:
Being the good-hearted person that I am, I gave him a chance to recognize his mistake:
But he insisted, saying that I had another picture on my post (I guess I know my own blog better than he does):
So here’s the outcome of this silly exchange:
Notice how the ceilings are different, the color of the walls are different, the seats along the walls are different… notice how both venues are different.
Why do little monsters even try?
They don’t get it! I don’t work with “opinions”, I work with FACTS.
Check what I have to show you about Lady Gaga’s show in South Africa after the jump.
Madonna’s MDNA Tour has been unequivocally more successful than Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball in Europe, Latin America and more recently, in Russia (as you could see here earlier today).
But tonight Madonna is playing her last Brazilian concert in Porto Alegre. And even though her show hasn’t even started yet, we can clearly see how packed the stadium is.
But before, let’s have a quick reminder of how Lady Gaga concert went down in Porto Alegre:
Following her disastruous concerts in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Lady Gaga played at a parking lot in Porto Alegre.
Yes, you read that right.
The Born This Way Ball was performed at the parking lot of FIERGS. That open space has held concerts for other people, including the Eric Clapton, for nearly 30,000 people. Not Lady Gaga, who only sold 16,000 tickets there.
You can even see the parking spaces in these pictures (which are pretty funny):
Madonna’s concert hasn’t even started yet, but you can see the entire stadium completely PACKED during soundcheck.
Here’s a picture published by Monte Pittman during soundcheck, this afternoon, in Porto Alegre at the Monumental Olympic Stadium:
So while Lady Gaga couldn’t attract more than 16,000 people for her concert in Porto Alegre, Madonna had nearly 40,000 people during soundcheck in the same town.
This entry will eventually be updated with more pictures of Madonna’s concert in Porto Alegre.
From Globo’s G1:
Lady Gaga performed in Russia the week Madonna’s “Masterpiece” is the most played song on the radio - and that song isn’t even a single!
Gaga played at the SKK Peterburgsky, that’s the same venue Madonna played to 19,079 people in August 9, 2012 with the MDNA Tour.
Do you think Lady Gaga outsold Madonna’s concert?
According to pictures published by Genasik, we can assure you that the reception in Russia is very similar to the one Gaga received in Latin America:
This is the SKK Peterburgsky 40 minutes before Gaga’s show started (note the side seats completely empty, the back seats half empty and the floor half empty as well):
Look at the top right of this picture. They covered empty seats with a black fabric, so they would go unnoticed. Don’t forget to notice the myriad of empty seats in between people:
“40 minutes is a long time, the venue was full when the concert started”, say monsters. But hey, when the concert started, those empty pockets on the floor were still there:
Let’s wait for Moscow. Maybe Gaga’s concert will be better, but her ticket prices are three times lower than Madonna’s, there are lots of contests, at least 500 tickets are giving away by a radio station! There are ads everywhere, 2-3 posters in each subway car - and tickets are still available.
Even if Gaga sells out her Moscow show (which will be held at the same venue Madonna’s was), Madonna, once again, beat the crap out of Lady Caca (pun intended) in Russia!
Madonna unequivocally is the Queen of Pop - whether in Europe, Eastern Europe, South America or North America.
I guess Lady Gaga will NOT be reporting to Billboard Box Score the numbers from her concert in St. Petersburg either. You know, she has been intentionally skipping the concerts she could not sell out in her reports (read here).
Speaking of North America, even Taylor Swift’s and P!nk’s tour tickets pre-sales have already surpassed Gaga’s!
Thanks Genasik for the contribution.
Note that the information and the numbers included on both (the Examiner and Digital Spy) have been reported on my blog first, but neither is referrencing to this blog. Oh, the perils of being an underground blog!
Anyway, I am just glad people are starting to talk about Lady Gaga’s commercially flopped Latin American tour.
Did you guys notice that besides not reporting to Billboard the numbers of her flopped concerts in Latin America, Lady Gaga actually skipped one date in the reports?
Gaga’s only concert in Mexico flopped (it happened on October 26th), and she did not report it to Billboard Box Score. However, her concerts in Puerto Rico (which happened days after Mexico, on October 30th and 31st) have already been reported.
She literally skipped and hid the numbers of her flopped concert in Mexico, but revealed the numbers of the successful concerts that happened days after!
She needs to change her name to SHADY GAGA!
Here’s what Digital Spy just reported:
NME is also reporting Lady Gaga’s failure in Latin America:
“Madonna concerts in South America outsell rival Lady Gaga by three to one, according to latest statistics.
The statistic is even more embarrassing to Gaga as Madonna’s ‘MDNA’ tour tickets are also three times more expensive than briefs for her ‘Born This Way’ world tour.”
Read the full article here.
“The Crowd for Madonna’s Concert in Rio Already Surpassed Lady Gaga’s” — that’s what Multishow and Globo.com reported on their page a little before 8pm (local time).
But let’s face it: we all knew that was going to happen!
Hours before showtime (the MDNA concert only started after 11pm), there already were more people at the venue, waiting for Madonna to come out than during Lady Gaga’s concert, in other words, during showtime!
Same happened in Colombia and Mexico, where even though Madonna had more shows than Gaga in each country (two in each), she also had a bigger audience in each individual concert.
Brazilian celebrity Preta Gil, a big admirer of Madonna, was at the Golden Triangle in Rio and broadcast live several songs of the show through her iPhone via TwitCam. You can find links for those videos on her Twitter account.
Here are some more pictures of Madonna in Rio:
Don’t be mad, little monsters, Madonna can’t help it, she is the Queen of Pop, and she was born this way!
Soundcheck party - Rio de Janeiro #MDNARIO
As to be expected, one of the best crowds yet tonight in Rio! Definitely gets the most energetic & best singing award http://pic.twitter.com/7uS2hrA7
Love Spent - Rio - #mdnario
Our girl is an absolute success in Latin America as well. Unlike Lady Gaga, who had one commercial failure after the other in Hispanic nations and Brazil, the Latin American leg of Madonna’s MDNA TOUR is a complete success.
Lady Gaga’s only concert in Colombia only sold 50% of the tickets available. And that through countless discounts and deals, such as FREE TICKETS, or a $23,500 cash REBATE for those who bought tickets earlier, which had already been cut from $382,000 to $147,500 - a $240,000 discount (read all about it here).
In fact, Juan Pablo Ospina, the businessman and promoter of the Born This Way Ball in Colombia made a comment about the disappointing tickets sales for Gaga:
“Lady Gaga was a media boom. Locally, she disappeared last year and cannot be compared with the trajectory of other artists such as Madonna or Paul McCartney”.
And he was absolutely right.
While Gaga barely sold 50% of the tickets available for her only Colombian show, Madonna sold out TWO stadium concerts in the country. And the Colombian media is enchanted by Madonna’s talent, hailing her concert as “historic” and “unprecedented” - which did not happened to Lady Gaga after her show earlier this month.
Madonna’s two-hour concert was attended by approximately 47,000 fans and made headlines on virtually all Colombian news websites, as told by Colombia Reports:
According to El Tiempo, Colombia’s leading newspaper, the show was “unprecedented.”
Medellin newspaper El Colombiano dedicated a whole section to the pop star’s double concert in the country’s second largest city and dubbed the gig “an unforgettable spectacle.”
[Atanasio Girardot Stadium in Medellin at 6pm, hours before the MDNA concert started]
Madonna’s MDNA Tour seems to be boosting her album sales everywhere she goes. Same way the MDNA album re-entered the Billboard Album charts when she was touring the US, several Madonna albums and singles are on the top 10 in Colombia as we speak. Today, the iTunes albums chart in Colombia is:
1. Madonna - MDNA (Deluxe Version)
2. Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire
3. Madonna - Celebration (Deluxe Version)
4. The Pop Royals - Madonna’s Greatest
5. David Guetta - One More Love
6. Madonna - MDNA
7. Andrés Cepeda - Lo Mejor Que Hay en Mi Vida
8. Michael Bublé - Christmas (Deluxe Special Edition)
9. Tiësto - Dance (RED) Save Lives [Presented By Tiësto]
10. Rafael Orozco & Binomio de Oro - Los 30 Mejores
Singer Lady Gaga attracted only 17,000 fans during her concert last Friday at a stadium in Lima, which had a capacity of 52,000 people, according to figures released by the Peruvian Association of Authors and Composers (APDAYC).
17,000 people in the audience in a stadium for 52,000.
Note that these are numbers given by the APDAYC - Asociacion Peruana de Autores y Compositores (Peruvian Association of Authors and Composers), and it has been reported by the Peruvian press:
Remember when Lady Gaga said she was playing for 50,000 people there?
What is really sad and pathetic is that her little
monsters morons always take her word over official numbers given by companies who are responsible to measure those things, such as the Peruvian Association of Authors and Composers - which are not related to Lady Gaga or any artist in particular.
I wonder if this little moron knows that 100,000 people in Gaga’s world is NOT 100,000 people in the real world.
Gaga might have said she sold 100,000 tickets in South Africa when she was butt-hurt by Die Antwoord, but as far as we are concerned, the equation is:
Not to mention that she is playing TWO dates in South Africa. So what she alleges is 100,000 tickets sold will actually be around 34,000 people in her concerts there. You will see I am right (again) very soon. Try again little moron Rebecca.