Hot Tours: Jay-Z & Kanye West, Brad Paisley, Kasabian

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Jay-Z and Kanye West scoring the No. 1 ranking on Hot Tours for the second time this year as the co-headliners reap $5.1 million in box office grosses from their Watch The Throne Tour that played North American markets during the final months of 2011. The hip hop superstars previously took the top ranking on this weekly tally of top-grossing tours during the first week of 2012. This week's total includes sales from two sold out performances at Toronto's Air Canada Centre where the duo sold a total of 30,503 tickets on two consecutive nights (Nov. 23-24). Also reported during the past week was the tour's stop in Tacoma, Washington where 10,861 fans attended a Dec. 16th concert at the Tacoma Dome.

Brad Paisley lands in second place on the Hot Tours tally with $3.4 million in ticket sales totals reported from six venues on his Virtual Reality World Tour that launched on Jan. 12th. Sellouts were reported in all six markets including Kansas City which produced the largest attendance. A total of 13,785 fans were in the house on Jan. 19 at the Sprint Center to see the country star along with The Band Perry and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery who are filling support roles on the tour. Following the Kansas City show, the tour played arenas in five more markets - Wichita, Denver, Boise, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. So far in 2012, grosses from nine performances have been reported to Billboard, totaling more than $5.2 million with ticket sales counts nearing the 100,000 mark.

English rock band Kasabian is No. 3 with $2.7 million in grosses reported from December concerts at two U.K. arenas, including a sold out New Year's Eve event in London. The Dec. 31st performance at the O2 Arena, dubbed NYE:Rewired, drew a crowd of 14,462 in attendance to ring in the new year. The band also performed two concerts earlier in the month at the same London arena, selling almost 30,000 tickets for performances on Dec. 14th and 15th. The other concert included in this week's tally is a Dec. 7th show at Manchester Arena with 11,377 in attendance.

Country headliners Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean kicked off their own 2012 tours with initial box office totals reported for both artists during the past week. Shelton, ranked No. 4, began his Well Lit & Amplified Tour on Jan. 12 in Toledo, Ohio and grossed $2.1 million from the first six arenas on the schedule. Aldean, landing at No. 5 this week, sold over 40,000 tickets for his first three dates with grosses topping $1.7 million.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
Nov. 23-Dec. 16
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (2/2)
Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash. (1/0)
41,364 (41,946)
Jan. 19-28
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/1)
INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/1)
Pepsi Center, Denver (1/1)
Idaho Center, Nampa, Idaho (1/1)
Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah (1/1)
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (1/1)
74,717 (79,924)
Dec. 7-31
Manchester Arena, Manchester, U.K. (1/0)
O2 Arena, London (3/1)
54,786 (59,400)
Jan. 12-28
Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio (1/1)
Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, Mo. (1/1)
Pershing Center, Lincoln, Neb. (1/1)
Columbus Civic Center, Columbus, Ga. (1/0)
Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)
Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Fla. (1/1)
43,824 (44,528)
Jan. 20-22
Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, S.C. (1/1)
Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, N.C. (1/1)
Amway Center, Orlando (1/1)
40,643 (40,643)
Dec. 12-16
O2 Arena, London (1/0)
Manchester Arena, Manchester, U.K. (1/0)
20,581 (22,605)
Jan. 21-23
Credicard Hall, São Paulo (3/0)
11,475 (11,736)
Dec. 15-19
Manchester Arena, Manchester, U.K. (1/0)
O2 Arena, London (1/0)
23,179 (24,524)
Nov. 29-30
Manchester Arena, Manchester, U.K. (1/0)
O2 Arena, London (1/0)
11,670 (13,557)
Dec. 17
O2 Arena, London (1/0)
16,007 (16,400)