The James Brown belt

The hardest working bands in 2010, using songkick data, which accounts for ticket sales and miles traveled. It certainly seems like a wonder that Vampire Weekend, B.o.B. and 30 Seconds to Mars have to expend so much effort to make their profits, while Hey Monday, Never Shout Never, and Mayday Parade do so much less traveling. I can understand the “Willie Nelson” effect–famous performer plays a relatively small number of regional shows, and makes biggish profit off higher ticket prices. I can also understand the “Lady Gaga” effect: relatively high profits from a small number of large-venue shows that are geographical distant because she’s a global pop star. But the high and low ratio performers who are not huge acts–very interesting.

 

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