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Katy Perry Sets Hot Tours Pace With Prismatic Run

Perry’s blockbuster tour kicked off in the U.S. on June 22.

Katy Perry tops the weekly slate of Hot Tours with sales reported from five cities on the four-month North American swing of her Prismatic Tour, which kicked off in the U.S. on June 22. The first four dates of the tour, reported during a previous week, were sellouts at arenas in Raleigh, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Nashville; and Atlanta. This week’s tally includes concerts at three Florida venues along with two arenas in the metropolitan New York/New Jersey market. 

The Florida run began in Tampa with a June 30 performance at the Tampa Bay Times Forum with 13,680 fans in the house. The Fort Lauderdale market produced a crowd of 12,888 on July 2 at the BB&T Center, and the second South Florida stop the following evening was a sellout with 13,543 sold seats at Miami’s American Airlines Arena. The next week Perry headed to the Northeastern U.S., playing to a full house at New York’s Madison Square Garden on July 9. A two-night engagement at Newark, N.J.’s Prudential Center followed on July 11 and 12 with more than 25,000 tickets sold for both shows. The $3.3 million Garden State gross is the North American leg’s best box office result so far.

Perry is on the road this year in support of her album Prism, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in October. The world tour followed in 2014, launching in the U.K. on May 7. She performed at eight venues in the country before capping the run with a four-night stand at London’s O2 arena on May 27-28 and 30-31. The trek through the U.S. and Canada began three weeks later. 

The North American leg of the Prismatic tour will run through mid-October and will feature a variety of support acts. L.A.-based pop duo Capital Cities was first out of the gate and will open through the Chicago concerts at the United Center on Aug. 7 and 8. Country femme Kacey Musgraves will take over at that point and open the shows until Tegan and Sara join the tour in September. Singer-songwriter Ferras is also on the bill during the North American trek. He is the first artist to sign with Perry’s record label, Metamorphosis Music, a subsidiary of Capitol Records. Following the U.S. and Canadian run, concerts are booked in Mexico, Australia and New Zealand during the fall, and a European leg will kick off next February.