If 2014 was any indication of her mainstream success, 2015 will be even more rewarding for Ariana Grande. The pint-size "Problem" singer will embark on her first-ever headlining tour next week in support of her sophomore LP, My Everything, which sold more than 400,000 copies in its first week last August. The Honeymoon Tour will play 25 North American dates through April, and secondary market ticket prices rival that of other touring pop divas Meghan Trainor, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
According to TiqIQ, the average price for Ariana Grande tickets on the secondary market is $168.28. The Honeymoon Tour kicks off at the Independence Events Center in Missouri next Wednesday and is interestingly the cheapest date of her North American leg. Secondary tickets have an average price of $94.10 for her Missouri show, 44 percent below the tour average.
Grande will see more expensive ticket prices than pop counterpart Meghan Trainor, who began her That Bass Tour in Vancouver last week. Meghan Trainor tickets on TiqIQ average at $147.29 over her final 13 North American shows, which is 12.5 percent below Grande's tour average. Trainor skyrocketed to stardom with her song "That Bass" last year and her debut album, Title, moved 238,000 units during first-week sales.
While Grande does trump Trainor on the secondary ticket market, more established artists like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have the 21-year-old beat on their respective tours. Perry's Prismatic World Tour hit the U.S. and Canada from June to October of last year and carried a secondary average of $220.69. It's Swift who will wear the crown among female pop stars this when her 1989 World Tour hits North America for six months from May to October, however. Taylor Swift tickets own an average price of $293.89 on the secondary market, solidifying her as the top-priced solo tour in 2015.
Perry and Swift's exorbitant ticket prices shouldn't put a damper on Grande's strong numbers on her inaugural headlining tour. The singer will play her two most expensive shows at Madison Square Garden on March 20 and 21, with her second show averaging at $386.67 (129 percent above the tour average) and her first show owning a $383.10 average on the secondary market. The get-in price for the second show at MSG is $119 and $103 for the first show.
Alongside her cheapest stop in Missouri next week, she'll play her second and third least expensive dates at Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota on March 1 and Allstate Arena in Chicago on March 3. The average price for her Minnesota show is $108.55 and get-in price starts at $29 on the secondary market. Her Chicago date owns a secondary average of $119.90 and $29 get-in.
2015 will indeed be a big year for Ariana Grande. With a handful of No. 1 singles and strong ticket prices already behind her, the sky is the limit as she begins the Honeymoon Tour next week.