Most tickets sold for a livestreamed concert by a solo female artist (current year)
Dua Lipa
284,000 total number
United Kingdom (London)

Dua Lipa (UK) sold 284,000 tickets worldwide for her ‘Studio 2054’ concert, which was livestreamed from the Printworks nightclub in Rotherhithe, London, UK, on 27 November 2020. The four-part gig, likened to a “live music video”, took months of planning and cost a reported $1.5 million (£1.12 million) to produce. The glitzy 70-minute set featured a number of guest performers – including Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Miley Cyrus, Elton John and Kylie Minogue – and attracted a global audience in excess of 5 million – a record attendance for a paid livestream – although it’s suggested that “8 or 9 million” people tuned in for the spectacle during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show attracted 1.9 million unique log-ins from China and 95,000 from India (both countries streamed the concert on free-to-air platforms) and reached fans in 150 countries worldwide.

Tickets went on sale on 30 October 2020, priced at £8.99 and £15 (VIP tickets, entitling the holder to a 20-minute after-party with the DJ/producer The Blessed Madonna). On-demand tickets were still being sold in the days after the show, which would have increased sales still further.

In the absence of traditional concerts with fans in attendance owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘Studio 2054’ was staged in support of Lipa’s second studio album Future Nostalgia and opened with the title track, followed by hits such as “Levitating”, “Break My Heart”, “Electricity” (with Kylie) and “Don’t Start Now”. Also featured were Lipa’s older solo tracks “New Rules” and “One Kiss”, plus her collaboration with Cyrus (“Prisoner”) and the Latin-infused “Un Dia (One Day)”, performed with J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Tainy.

The name of the concert was a nod to New York’s short-lived Studio 54 nightclub (1977-80), of which Lipa was a fan.