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One Direction perform during the 'On the Road Again' World Tour at Allianz Stadium on February 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. 

One Direction dominates the weekly slate of top-grossing Hot Tours with the first box-office stats reported from the pop group’s On the Road Again tour that launched in early February. (See list, below.)

The first two legs of the tour covered five markets in Australia followed by seven in Asia. Ticket sales from both continents during the seven-week span total $68.2 million from more than a half-million sold seats at 19 sold-out performances. A four-night stint at the Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo, produced $17.8 million in sales, the highest-grossing concert engagement by any touring artist during the first quarter of the year. With 5 Seconds of Summer on the bill as show opener, the Tokyo concerts were attended by more than 120,000 fans from Feb. 27 through March 2. The top-grosser among the Aussie dates was the tour’s debut performances at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on Feb. 7 and 8. With McBusted and Samantha Jade providing support, the opening weekend grossed $6.7 million from 62,649 sold seats for both sold-out shows.

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Latin pop star Luis Miguel claims the No. 3 slot on Hot Tours with $7.8 million in ticket sales from his traditional run of concerts every two years during the winter months at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional.

This year’s engagement included 12 performances between Jan. 29 and March 1 and was attended by 101,946 fans. Since 2000, the Mexican singer has performed a multiple-show engagement biennially at Mexico’s national auditorium, except for the three-year span between 2006 and 2009. The highest number of shows was the 2006 run that included 30 performances between Jan. 18 and Feb. 27 with 267,528 sold tickets and a $19.2 million gross. Twice he played a 12-show engagement, his shortest runs on record at the venue since the beginning of the century. The first was a stint of 12 concerts during March 2002 and the second time is this year’s run.

Luke Bryan makes his 2015 debut on the weekly Hot Tours tally with sales reported from his That’s My Kind of Night tour that drew 1.3 million fans to 73 performances last year. After ranking 14th on Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2014 recap, the country superstar resumed the tour this year, kicking off a North American trek in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Feb. 10.  Sales topped the $4 million mark from six concerts at five U.S. arenas during the stint that wrapped for the winter on Feb. 21 in Orlando.  

After a handful of Canadian concerts scheduled in May, the Country Music Association’s reigning Entertainer of the Year will end this tour on May 7 in Winnipeg, but his new summer tour, dubbed Kick the Dust Up, will launch the next day in Grand Forks, N.D.

 HOT TOURS - April 1, 2015
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported March 25-31
  
RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1ONE DIRECTION
 $68,259,640
 Feb. 7-March 25
 Allianz Stadium, Sydney (2/2)
 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia (1/1)
 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (2/2)
 AAMI Stadium, Adelaide, Australia (1/1)
 Domain Stadium, Perth, Australia (1/1)
 Kyocera Dome, Osaka, Japan (2/2)
 Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan (4/4)
 National Stadium, Singapore (1/1)
 Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok (1/1)
 AsiaWorld-Arena, Hong Kong (1/1)
 SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, Manila (2/2)
 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia (1/1)
 565,853 (565,853)
  
2EAGLES
 $14,035,140
 Feb. 18-March 11
 Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (2/2)
 Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (1/1)
 Allphones Arena, Sydney (2/2)
 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (2/2)
 77,921 (77,921)
  
3LUIS MIGUEL
 $7,899,229
 Jan. 29-March 1
 Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (12/0)
 101,946 (114,240)
  
4JUAN GABRIEL
 $7,046,628
 Feb. 5-March 7
 U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix (1/0)
 Viejas Arena, San Diego (1/0)
 Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/0)
 State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas (1/1)
 Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas (1/1)
 American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/0)
 Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio (1/1)
 66,817 (71,813)
  
5LUKE BRYAN
 $4,014,473
 February 10-21
 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/1)
 Ford Center, Evansville, Ind. (1/1)
 KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
 Germain Arena, Estero, Fla. (1/1)
 Amway Center, Orlando (2/1)
 64,142 (65,688)
  
6CHARLIE WILSON
 $3,144,993
 March 19-26
 CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, La. (1/1)
 FedExForum, Memphis (1/1)
 Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (1/1)
 Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
 NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles (2/2)
 40,945 (40,945)
  
7BILLY JOEL
 $2,857,331
 March 20
 Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. (1/1)
 36,594 (36,594)
  
8ED SHEERAN
 $2,519,210
 March 24-26
 Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (3/3)
 36,545 (36,545)
  
9JULIÓN ÁLVAREZ
 $1,846,056
 March 26-28
 Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (3/3)
 28,560 (28,560)
  
10ROD STEWART
 $1,781,150
 March 21
 Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (1/1)
 13,040 (13,040)