Women are at the top of the concert industry and this has been made evident by Billboard’s Current Boxscore chart. Celine Dion and Adele are really raking in the bucks.
Celine Dion hasn’t had a legitimate hit in years, but that hardly matters; her performances in Las Vegas over the past 13 years have made her one of the richest entertainers in the world. Her 12 shows from mid-February to mid-March at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace attracted 47,336/49,702 concertgoers. She brought in a total of $7,357,980 from those dates.
Adele, who has often praised Celine Dion in the past, played to 63,209/63,209 concertgoers at the Manchester Arena in the U.K. She made a total of $7,243,160 from those dates. The Manchester Evening News said Adele’s show was spectacular in a five-star review.
“There’s a good chance Adele has come up with the arena show to beat in 2016. In support of her third album 25, this long awaited concert is in perfect balance: theatrical and tender, the kind of show only a girl who’s gifted and grounded could put together.”
Like Celine Dion, Adele is praised for bringing personality to her shows as well. The reviewer noted that Adele talked to the audience like a potty-mouthed neighbor while discussing street gossip going on behind her fence.
Rihanna may not be as huge of a concert attraction as Adele or Celine Dion. After all, her show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, didn’t sell out. Still, Rihanna sold 14,250 out of 15,287 tickets, which is not bad by any means. After all, she made about $990,000 for her performance. The Nashville Scene gave Rihanna’s concert a mixed review. Although the reviewer loved Rihanna’s softer side, he also wanted the concert to be more dance friendly.
The Guardian, however, gave Rihanna’s show a very positive review and noted how she can be a decent vocalist on her current tour, despite the fact she’s not known as a power vocalist.
“Rihanna has always compensated with showmanship and arresting charisma for shortcomings in technical vocal ability, but she’s charted improvement in that area and showed it in the few numbers performed without a backing track,” says critic Bryan Armen Graham.
Mariah Carey’s voice may have faded somewhat in recent year, but she, more than Rihanna, definitely belongs in the powerhouse vocalist category that Celine Dion and Adele occupy. Mariah’s show at the Manchester Arena in the U.K. sold 9,055/9,960 tickets and grossed $843,966, which isn’t bad. According to Wonderwall, Carey did what Rihanna and Madonna are known for — showing up extremely late and angering her audience.
Still, Mariah earned a four-star review from the Manchester Evening News.
“The staging could have been stronger; for a big pop gig the production was pretty minimal, but then again it’s that voice everybody was there to hear. And what a voice it still is even after all these years. From the whistling highs to husky lows, she gives a powerhouse performance that proves she can still belt it out with the best of them.”
When Mariah Carey started her Las Vegas Residency, she was negatively compared to Celine Dion and others. However, Mariah obviously improved her act and is now taking it on the road. Who knows — we may soon see Mariah, Adele, and Celine Dion perform onstage and make dreams come true for pop music fans.
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