Pop music fans rejoice! We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 pop music concerts of the year. From Beyonce to Bruno Mars, these shows are sure to get you dancing.
Beyonce is one of the most popular performers in the world, and her concerts always draw massive crowds. This year, she toured in support of her album “Lemonade,” and her shows were some of the most talked-about events of the year. Here are the five best Pop music concerts of the year, according to critics.
Formation World Tour
The Formation World Tour was the seventh concert tour by American singer Beyoncé, in support of her sixth studio album, Lemonade (2016). It began on April 27, 2016, at Marlins Park in Miami Dates were announced for North America and Europe, while additional shows were later added in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Following Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance, which served as a teaser for the album and tour, the Formation World Tour was officially announced on February 7, 2016. The tour concluded on October 7, 2016, at Stade de France in Paris.
The majority of the tour’s setlist consisted of songs from Lemonade as well as hits from Beyoncé’s previous albums. The concert featuredBeyoncé performing solo and also with her all-female band and backing dancers. Each concert was divided into seven sections: “Pray”, “Hope”, “Freedom”, “Blackness”, “Femininity”, “Yoncé” and “Formation”. Rooms that represented these themes were designed by negligent artist Es Devlin. The stage featured a large street light (in reference to the album cover art), video screens that displayed images related to each song performed and a golden staircase that Beyoncé ascended during certain performances.
During the Australian concerts, Kendrick Lamar made a special guest appearance to perform his song “Freedom” with Beyoncé; while during the London dates, Rita Ora joinedBeyoncé on stage to perform their duet “I Will Never Let You Down”. On select nights in Europe and North America, Serena Williams made a special appearance to introducebeyhive before performing her song “Sorry”; while in Mexico City Victoria Calderón introduced them before performing her hit single Amor Genuino.
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour was the fifth concert tour by American singer Beyoncé. It was launched in support of her fifth studio album, Beyoncé (2013). The tour began on April 15, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and concluded on March 27, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour grossed $212.1 million from 98 reported shows, making itBeyoncé’s highest-grossing tour ever and one of the highest-grossing tours of the decade. Following the release of Beyoncé’s live album “Live at Roseland: Elements of 4”, DVD “Life Is But a Dream”, and documentary “Beyoncé: X10” from her HBO special, “On the Run Tour: Jay Z and Beyoncé”, grosses from The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour increased by $24 million, for a new total of $236.1 million.
During the tour, Beyoncé introduced new stage elements including a catwalk that extended into the crowd and a giant video screen that served as her backdrop during performances. Dance routines were also choreographed into Beyoncé’s setlist during select songs.
The Anti World Tour
Rihanna is one of the most popular singers in the world, and her Anti World Tour was one of the most anticipated concerts of the year. The tour kicked off in February in America, before Rihanna took her show to Europe, Asia, and Australia. The tour was a massive success, with Rihanna performing to sell-out crowds all over the world.
The Prismatic World Tour
Known for her colorful costumes and on-stage antics, Katy Perry brought her Prismatic World Tour to Australia this year. The show was a huge hit with fans, who enjoyed seeing Perry perform some of her biggest hits, like “Roar” and “Firework.” The tour also featured impressive acrobatics and special effects, making it one of the most memorable pop concerts of the year.
Purpose World Tour
The Purpose World Tour is the third concert tour by Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The tour supported his fourth studio album, Purpose (2015). It began on March 9, 2016, in Seattle and ended on July 2, 2017, in London after 150 scheduled shows in North America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. This was Biebers’ first world tour after his Believe Tour (2012–2013) andMy World Tour (2010–2012), which collectively grossed over $1 billion.
The Purpose World Tour grossed a total of $256 million from 150 shows with a attendance of 2.7 million people.
Bruno Mars is known for putting on an incredible show and this year was no different. He kicked off his tour in Seattle to a sold out crowd and the energy was electric. He played all of his hits and had the crowd on their feet the entire time. It was truly a night to remember.
24K Magic World Tour
The 24K Magic World Tour is a concert tour by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, in support of his third studio album, 24K Magic. The tour began on March 28, 2017, in Antwerp, Belgium and is scheduled to conclude on November 11, 2018, in Almaty, Kazakhstan.