Soul singer Sade smashed her L.A. play this month, pulling in a whopping $4.7 million with her hit concert run at the Staples Center with John Legend as support. The famed Nigerian “Smooth Operator”  still has plenty of dates left on her tour, with double bookings planned for two California plays at the Oracle Arena in Oakland and the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Kenny Chesney is still on the charts with plays at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion At Walnut Creek, Raleigh, N.C. and the recently-renamed Farm Bureau Live amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Va. Other country acts charting this week include Keith Urban at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., and the Johnny Cash Music Fest at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. A number of Cash’s relatives including Rosanne Cash and John Carter Cash, as well Kris Kristofferson were on hand to pay tribute to the Arkansas favorite son.

Phish captured the 5,001-10,000 category with a near $1.6 million gross at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, while Katy Perry stayed on with a $382,012 gross. Also charting this week are shows by Janet Jackson, Michael Buble and the Go-Gos, who were inducted into the Greek Theatre Hall of Fame in Los Angeles before the Aug. 17 show, which grossed $287,975 from an audience of 5,569.

HOT TICKETS is a weekly summary of the top acts and ticket sales as reported to VT PULSE. Following are the top 20 concerts and events, the top 5 in each seating capacity category, which took place between Aug. 3-24.

15,001 or More Seats

10,001-15,000 Seats

5,001-10,000 Seats

5,000 or Less Seats

1) Sade
Gross Sales: $4,711,593; Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles; Attendance: 40,810; Ticket Range: $179.50-$49.50; Promoter: Live Nation; Dates: Aug. 19-21; No. of Shows: 3

2) American Idol Live!
Gross Sales: $1,009,565; Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.; Attendance: 18,529; Ticket Range: $65-$45; Promoter: AEG Live; Dates: Aug. 14-15; No. of Shows: 2

3) Kenny Chesney
Gross Sales: $971,476; Venue: Time Warner Cable Music Pav. At Walnut Creek, Raleigh, N.C.; Attendance: 19,917; Ticket Range: $79.50-$39.50; Promoter: AEG Live, The Messina Group; Dates: Aug. 5; No. of Shows: 1

4) Britney Spears
Gross Sales: $944,900; Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal; Attendance: 8,772; Ticket Range: $356.44-$30.04; Promoter: Live Nation, evenko; Dates: Aug. 11; No. of Shows: 1

5) Kenny Chesney
Gross Sales: $780,684; Venue: Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach; Attendance: 17,682; Ticket Range: $74.50-$34.50; Promoter: AEG Live, The Messina Group; Dates: Aug. 4; No. of Shows: 1

1) Cirque du Soleil “Quidam”
Gross Sales: $652,266; Venue: Giant Center, Hershey, Pa.; Attendance: 10,028; Ticket Range: $95-$28; Promoter: Cirque du Soleil; Dates: Aug. 18-21; No. of Shows: 7

2) American Idol Live!
Gross Sales: $449,475; Venue: Richmond (Va.) Coliseum; Attendance: 8,183; Ticket Range: $65-$45; Promoter: AEG Live; Dates: Aug. 20; No. of Shows: 1

3) Michael Buble
Gross Sales: $412,369; Venue: Spokane (Wash.) Arena; Attendance: 5,340; Ticket Range: $85.50-$49.50; Promoter: Beaver Productions; Dates: Aug. 10; No. of Shows: 1

4) Keith Urban
Gross Sales: $324,307; Venue: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.; Attendance: 5,422; Ticket Range: $70-$27; Promoter: NS2; Dates: Aug. 16; No. of Shows: 1

5) Johnny Cash Music Fest
Gross Sales: $310,913; Venue: ASU Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark.; Attendance: 6,425; Ticket Range: $150-$37.50; Promoter: Arkansas State Univ.; Dates: Aug. 4; No. of Shows: 1

1) Phish
Gross Sales: $1,593,608; Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago; Attendance: 27,476; Ticket Range: $58; Promoter: MAJ Concerts, Inc.; Dates: Aug. 15-17; No. of Shows: 3

2) Death Cab For Cutie
Gross Sales: $460,160; Venue: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles; Attendance: 11,480; Ticket Range: $45-$35; Promoter: Nederlander; Dates: Aug. 18-19; No. of Shows: 2

3) Johnny Reid
Gross Sales: $431,526; Venue: Mile One Centre, St. Johns, Newfoundland; Attendance: 5,663; Ticket Range: $86.23-$63.22; Promoter: evenko, Gold & Gold Productions, Live Nation; Dates: Aug. 12; No. of Shows: 1

4) American Idol Live!
Gross Sales: $415,490; Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Attendance: 7,562; Ticket Range: $65-$45; Promoter: AEG Live; Dates: Aug. 21; No. of Shows: 1

5) The Go-Go’s
Gross Sales: $287,975; Venue: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles; Attendance: 5,569; Ticket Range: $65-$35; Promoter: Nederlander; Dates: Aug. 17; No. of Shows: 1

1) Katy Perry
Gross Sales: $382,012; Venue: Santa Barbara (Calif.) Bowl; Attendance: 9,698; Ticket Range: $49-$29; Promoter: Nederlander; Dates: Aug. 13-14; No. of Shows: 2

2) Steely Dan
Gross Sales: $259,368; Venue: Durham (N.C.) Perf. Arts Center; Attendance: 2,640; Ticket Range: $115-$65; Promoter: AEG Live SE, In-house; Dates: Aug. 4; No. of Shows: 1

3) Janet Jackson
Gross Sales: $241,037; Venue: Milwaukee Theatre; Attendance: 1,969; Ticket Range: $173-$73; Promoter: Jam Productions; Dates: Aug. 14; No. of Shows: 1

4) Bob Dylan & His Band
Gross Sales: $175,841; Venue: Fraze Pav. For the Perf. Arts, Dayton, Ohio; Attendance: 3,828; Ticket Range: $56.50-$35; Promoter: Jam Productions; Dates: Aug. 5; No. of Shows: 1

5) Steve Miller Band
Gross Sales: $143,130; Venue: Chicago Theatre; Attendance: 2,383; Ticket Range: $95-$15; Promoter: Jam Productions; Dates: Aug. 4; No. of Shows: 1

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