Prince rocks in glitter at North Charleston (S.C.) Coliseum. (Photo Credit: Devin Grant)

Prince maintains his royal status with two shows grossing more than $1 million each. Live Nation promoted both his Dec. 13 performance at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, and his Dec. 19 show at Tacoma (Wash.) Dome. The glittery performer brought more than 10,000 people to Rexall Place, and 12,167 fans cheered at Tacoma Dome. Prince just wrapped up over a year of touring.

Jay-Z and Kanye West continue to claim ‘the throne’ with three shows at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The duo made appearances on both December Hot Tickets charts. The Staples Center dates grossed a total of $5,104,455 with more than 42,000 attendees. The rap icons ended their tour Dec. 18 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Cirque du Soleil started the year strong with four shows on the Hot Tickets chart. Dralion and Quidam both charted with performances at two venues each. Tickets for all of the shows started at around $30. Dralion moves to Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Jan. 3-8, while Quidam will play General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, Jan. 4-8.

Holiday shows dominated our smallest-capacity category. “The Nutcracker” played four shows at Long Beach (Calif.) Terrace Theater Dec. 17-18. Durham (N.C.) Performing Arts Center presented “A Christmas Carol” for two shows on Dec. 9, collectively attended by more than 5,000 people; and Gospel Christmas played Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Ore., three times Dec. 9-11. Tickets for all of the holiday productions started at $24-$27.

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 Dec. 7, 2011-Jan. 4.

15,001 or More Seats

10,001-15,000 Seats

5,001-10,000 Seats

5,000 or Less Seats

1) Jay-Z, Kanye West
Gross Sales: $5,104,455; Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles; Attendance: 42,332; Ticket Range: $250-$59.50; Promoter: Live Nation; Dates: Dec. 11-13, 2011; No. of Shows: 3

2) Cirque du Soleil “Dralion”
Gross Sales: $3,917,569; Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal; Attendance: 51,990; Ticket Range: $163.24-$36.62; Promoter: Cirque du Soleil, evenko; Dates: Dec. 18-30, 2011; No. of Shows: 13

3) Britney Spears
Gross Sales: $1,263,710; Venue: Coliseo De Puerto Rico, San Juan; Attendance: 10,634; Ticket Range: $175-$45; Promoter: Evenpro, Lincoln Road Productions; Dates: Dec. 10, 2011; No. of Shows: 1

4) Prince
Gross Sales: $1,135,293; Venue: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta; Attendance: 10,775; Ticket Range: $193.21-$24.77; Promoter: Live Nation; Dates: Dec. 13, 2011; No. of Shows: 1

5) Prince
Gross Sales: $1,110,794; Venue: Tacoma (Wash.) Dome; Attendance: 12,167; Ticket Range: $197-$27; Promoter: Live Nation; Dates: Dec. 19, 2011; No. of Shows: 1

 

1) Cold Chisel
Gross Sales: $838,821; Venue: Brisbane (Australia) Entertainment Centre; Attendance: 8,335; Ticket Range: $100.67; Promoter: John Watson Management; Dates: Dec. 13, 2011; No. of Shows: 1

2) Cirque du Soleil “Quidam”
Gross Sales: $720,193; Venue: DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.; Attendance: 11,953; Ticket Range: $100-$28; Promoter: Cirque du Soleil; Dates: Dec. 14-18, 2011; No. of Shows: 8

3) Cirque du Soleil “Dralion”
Gross Sales: $624,903; Venue: Cajundome, Lafayette, La.; Attendance: 10,486; Ticket Range: $145-$24; Promoter: Cirque du Soleil; Dates: Dec. 6-8, 2011; No. of Shows: 3

4) Showtime Boxing: Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch
Gross Sales: $593,650; Venue: Atlantic City (N.J.) Boardwalk Hall; Attendance: 4,230; Ticket Range: $302-$51; Promoter: Goosen Tutor Promotions, LLC; Dates: Dec. 17, 2011; No. of Shows: 1

5) Kasabian
Gross Sales: $445,415; Venue: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, U.K.; Attendance: 9,482; Ticket Range: $46.97; Promoter: Live Nation; Dates: Dec. 8, 2011; No. of Shows: 1

 

1) Cirque du Soleil “Quidam”
Gross Sales: $3,018,468; Venue: Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto; Attendance: 37,020; Ticket Range: $118.72-$39.57; Promoter: Cirque du Soleil; Dates: Dec. 20-3, 2011; No. of Shows: 12

2) The Wiggles
Gross Sales: $282,227; Venue: Newcastle (Australia) Entertainment Centre; Attendance: 9,376; Ticket Range: $37.36-$32.38; Promoter: The Wiggles; Dates: Dec. 14, 2011; No. of Shows: 2

3) Bill Gaither & The Gaither Vocal Band
Gross Sales: $169,996; Venue: The Bank of Kentucky Center, Highland Heights; Attendance: 6,865; Ticket Range: $74.50-$26.50; Promoter: Premier Productions; Dates: Dec. 10, 2011; No. of Shows: 1

4) Rise Against
Gross Sales: $145,535; Venue: Selland Arena, Fresno, Calif.; Attendance: 4,132; Ticket Range: $36-$25; Promoter: Nederlander; Dates: Dec. 10, 2011; No. of Shows: 1

5) Jackie Evancho
Gross Sales: $106,383; Venue: Mark G. Estess Arena, Atlantic City, N.J.; Attendance: 1,308; Ticket Range: $97-$47; Promoter: AEG Live; Dates: Dec. 17, 2011; No. of Shows: 1

 

1) Shrek The Musical
Gross Sales: $377,331; Venue: The Hershey (Pa.) Theatre; Attendance: 8,304; Ticket Range: $70-$25; Promoter: H E & R; Dates: Dec. 27, 2011-Jan. 1; No. of Shows: 8

2) The Nutcracker
Gross Sales: $291,822; Venue: Long Beach (Calif.) Terrace Theater; Attendance: 7,315; Ticket Range: $85-$24; Promoter: Long Beach Ballet Arts; Dates: Dec. 17-18, 2011; No. of Shows: 4

3) A Christmas Carol
Gross Sales: $259,460; Venue: Durham (N.C.) Perf. Arts Center; Attendance: 5,119; Ticket Range: $77-$27; Promoter: Theatre in the Park; Dates: Dec. 9, 2011; No. of Shows: 2

4) Gospel Christmas
Gross Sales: $247,428; Venue: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, Ore.; Attendance: 5,669; Ticket Range: $90-$25; Promoter: Oregon Symphony; Dates: Dec. 9-11. 2011; No. of Shows: 3

5) Mannheim Steamroller
Gross Sales: $244,408; Venue: Orpheum Theatre, Omaha, Neb.; Attendance: 4,726; Ticket Range: $77-$37; Promoter: MagicSpace Ent.; Dates: Dec. 22-23, 2011; No. of Shows: 2

The Weekly Hot Tickets chart is compiled by Josh Huckabee. To submit reports, e-mail HotTickets@venuestoday.com or fax to (714) 378-0040.