The Secret to SHAMAN’s Success and Replacing Departed Artists: Top 10 Pop Stars of 2022 Named

SHAMAN has already sold out shows for spring 2023 and has announced additional shows.

SHAMAN has already sold out shows for spring 2023 and has announced additional shows.

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A lot has changed in the show business market over the past nine months. Some stars fled abroad, angered fans with anti-patriotic statements, and in response, their work turned out to be useless to anyone. An objective indicator of the popularity of a pop artist: ticket sales for big solo concerts, tours with good sales, tops on online platforms, listening to digital stores (services where you can listen to music for a subscription). Now people save money and do not plan for a long time ahead, so the main ticket sales for concerts of stars are in the last weeks before the event. However, there are artists for whom tickets are still sold in advance. The website has compiled a list of the top pop artists of 2022 by examining concert ticket sales and online charts.


In November, the song “Stand Up” topped three YouTube charts at once. The singer’s clips are in trends, songs are in the first places of the charts. The clip “I’m Russian” has 20 million views, the video “Stand Up” has 50 million views. SHAMAN on tour around the country – everywhere the halls are full. But another fact speaks of the artist’s unprecedented popularity: in November 2022, all tickets for concerts in March 2023 at the Oktyabrsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg were sold, and there were very few of them left at Crocus in Moscow. Therefore, the artist announced additional concert dates. It seems that SHAMAN himself was surprised by such success: “To be honest, I could not even dream of such a thing! A full house is the most expensive gift an artist can receive. Two additional big solo concerts in both our capitals! And there will be four of them in total! Today, none of the pop artists in the country can dream of such sales today.

SHAMAN - poster for November, and so - every month.

SHAMAN – poster for November, and so – every month.

Vocal teacher Yulia Taravkova told her version of the artist’s unprecedented success: “He performs patriotic songs, which in itself already claims to be national, because this musical niche is not occupied by modern youth at all. Now it is occupied by SHAMAN. Such is the new Oleg Gazmanov. Only with a greater range.

Leonid Agutin

The most requested singer of this season at private events. Agutin in this segment of wealthy viewers successfully occupied the niche of Valery Meladze, who disappointed fans with anti-patriotic statements. His fee is from 2 to 2.5 million rubles for a private concert, and now he is in great demand in this segment. By the way, on New Year’s Eve, Agutin already has 2 concerts in expensive metropolitan restaurants. In November, Leonid Agutin and his wife Anzhelika Varum gave three concerts in a row in St. Petersburg at the Big Concert Hall – all tickets were sold in advance, as well as at autumn concerts in other regions of the country. Now there is an active sale of tickets for Agutin already for the Moscow solo album in March 2023 and for other concerts at the beginning of the year. The artist’s repertoire is huge. Agutin is experimenting with young people: in November he released a duet with singer Jony “Green World”. This is a cover of the song of the same name by Agutin and Varum, released 6 years ago.

Agutin and Jony recorded a duet.

Agutin and Jony recorded a duet.

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Jony in November released a successful duet “How to understand your love” with Anna Asti. The hit is now in first place in the chart of tracks on VKontakte, Yandex Music and Apple Music, in trends on YouTube. The Russian pop singer with Azerbaijani roots became very popular after winning the TV show “Mask”. In November, Jony had a big sold-out concert in the capital, in the next two weeks the singer has six concerts in the regions. Halls for March 2023 are sold by 80%. In December, Jony will receive the Golden Gramophone. The musician himself wrote some of the hits – “Comet”, “Credits”, “Without you, I’m not me” and others.

Anna Asti

The singer recorded a successful album – the tracks from it were in the top in the summer and autumn on all online platforms. There was a moment when five tracks of the singer were in the tops at once on different platforms. Asti went on tour to monetize her success: all autumn the artist is on tour in the Russian regions – the halls are full, the concerts will continue in the winter. Anna Asti has a lot of fans not only in Russia, in December there are two big concerts in Minsk – full sold out. Also, all tickets were sold before the concert in Krasnodar and other cities of the tour. At private parties with wealthy citizens, Anna is also in trend – on New Year’s Eve she will sing at two venues at once. In this segment, she took Loboda’s audience.

Grigory Leps

This artist held the most concerts in Moscow and the regions in a year. It seems that Grigory Viktorovich is constantly on a concert tour, leaving only to visit the children and speak to the wounded in hospitals or soldiers in the NVO. Leps’ repertoire is sung by the public in chorus, and he constantly releases new hits. Leps’ concerts have always had an audience of 40+, but this year it has replenished with 30+ fans.

Grigory Leps has been on tour for a whole year.  Those who did not have time for the concert will see Grigory Viktorovich on New Year's Eve on the Rossiya channel.  Photo - channel

Grigory Leps has been on tour for a whole year. Those who did not have time for the concert will see Grigory Viktorovich on New Year’s Eve on the Rossiya channel. Photo – channel “Russia”

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Who else among the stars went on a successful tour and gathered big halls in 2022?

Few artists now decide to go on large tours. They successfully tour the country and made big concerts in the capital in 2022: Sergey Zhukov (“Hands Up”) – this artist collects entire stadiums, as well as Sergey Lazareva, Lolita, MakSim, Philip Kirkorov. Oleg Gazmanov’s big tour is planned for next year.

Sergei Zhukov and the group

Sergei Zhukov and the group “Hands Up” collect stadiums. The next concert is the second day in a row in Tyumen, almost all the seats at the stadium are sold out (unsold seats are marked in color). In July 2023, Zhukov will have another solo album at Luzhniki.

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