Drake & Future Lead Newest Hot Tours Recap

Drake & Future take their Summer Sixteen Tour to No. 1 on the latest recap of Hot Tours (see list below) based on $6.9 million in sales from the hip-hop stars’ co-headlining trek through North America. Concerts at arenas in three cities on the three-month run land on this tally with sellouts reported at each performance.

The first of the three dates, a late-August stint at Atlanta’s Philips Arena, drew a total of 28,864 fans for two concerts with a $3.1 million box office take. The engagement is the top grosser among the arena’s summer concerts that included performances by AC/DC, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas and Pitbullamong others.

T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas reported a sold ticket count of 15,142 for the tour’s Sept. 11 event that topped $2 million in sales, ranking Drake & Future fifth among the highest-grossing headliners at the venue from May through September. Touring heavyweights George Strait, Garth Brooks, Barbra Streisand andColdplay head up that list that also includes the Dixie Chicks, Gwen Stefani andSlipknot among their summer draws. Finally, the Tacoma Dome in the metropolitan Seattle area reported $1.7 million in revenue for a Sept. 16 concert with a capacity crowd of 18,120 in attendance.

The Summer Sixteen jaunt, originally set to wrap for the year on Oct. 15 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., had to be postponed in the final week when Drake suffered an ankle injury, but the artist recently announced that he is planning to mount a new tour in January, an arena trek through Europe during the first quarter of the year.

Country star Blake Shelton follows in the second slot on the Hot Tours roundup with $6.5 million in ticket sales reported from six arenas on the his fall tour. The kickoff was a sold out two-night stand in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sept. 9 and 10 with 22,139 sold seats and $1.5 million in revenue, but the event was the first of two double-show engagements. He also played two nights at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. on Sept. 16 and 17. The attendance count was 968 seats less than the opening weekend, but the St. Paul gross topped the Oklahoma City counts by $119,946.

HOT TOURS – OCTOBER 11, 2016
Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Oct. 4-10
Rank ACT
Total Gross
Show Date Range
Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 DRAKE & FUTURE
$6,944,891
Aug. 25-Sept. 16
Philips Arena, Atlanta (2/2)
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (1/1)
Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash. (1/1)
62,126 (62,126)
2 BLAKE SHELTON
$6,554,930
Sept. 9-Oct. 1
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (2/2)
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Ill. (1/1)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (2/2)
Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. (1/1)
Fargodome, Fargo, N.D. (1/1)
TD Garden, Boston (1/1)
88,979 (88,979)
3 ROGER WATERS
$6,465,277
Sept. 28-29
Foro Sol, Mexico City (2/2)
118,594 (118,594)
4 PAUL MCCARTNEY
$4,270,782
Aug. 9-10
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (2/2)
27,288 (27,288)
5 BRAD PAISLEY
$3,475,043
Sept. 10-23
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/0)
XFINITY Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/0)
Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1/0)
PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte (1/0)
Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh, N.C. (1/0)
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, Va. (1/0)
Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (1/0)
102,959 (137,000)
6 ALEJANDRO FERNÁNDEZ
$3,145,988
Sept. 8-15
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (3/0)
MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/0)
37,668 (41,859)
7 SCORPIONS
$2,915,913
Sept. 1-15
Citibank Hall, São Paulo, Brazil (3/0)
Arena do CFO, Fortaleza, Brazil (1/0)
Metropolitan, Rio de Janeiro (1/0)
Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires (1/0)
37,860 (52,517)
8 KANYE WEST
$2,429,081
Sept. 12-24
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
34,222 (34,222)
9 MANÁ
$1,819,338
Sept. 16
MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/0)
13,160 (13,316)
10 WHITESNAKE
$1,711,166
Sept. 9-25
Pepsi Center WTC, Mexico City (1/0)
Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires (1/0)
La Plaza de la Musica, Cordoba, Argentina (1/0)
Pepsi On Stage, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1/0)
Citibank Hall, São Paulo, Brazil (2/0)
Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1/0)
29,007 (48,797)

[Source:-Billboard]