Attributing a large part of Barclays' success to its booking (or, really, its ability to attract big names, perhaps luring them away from the older, uglier MSG) seems like a safe bet. Handled by AEG Live*, the company behind shabby upstart festivals like Coachella, its pulled in more than a few heavy hitters since opening in September. Jay-Z's eight-night run of sold-out shows have ushered in the likes of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Green Day and The Postal Service in recent months. Superstar idiot Justin Bieber, Depeche Mode, Fall Out Boy, Beyonce, Vampire Weekend(!), Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the glittery debauchery of the MTV Video Music Awards are on the docket in the near future.
As far as ticket sales in clubs go, Terminal 5 and Webster Hall found themselves situated in the top 10 of all those across the globe. Music Hall of Williamsburg came in at a respectable number 21, while its Manhattan counterpart Bowery Ballroom didn't even crack the top 100, which seems impossible and wrong. For a positive twist on what's typically dismal industry news, though, the top worldwide tours netted 23 percent more in sales during the first six months of 2013 than in the same period last year. Look at us, going and spending money on music. Go Team Humanity! Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen headlined the two most profitable of the year thus far, suggesting that New Jersey has more power over us than we care to admit, however.
*UPDATE: A spokesperson for Barclays has clarified that their programming is not solely booked by AEG Live. Rather, it's handled in-house, headed by their VP of Programming Sean Saadeh, allowing partnerships with a variety of promoters including AEG, Live Nation, Bowery Presents and more.
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