Hot Tours: The X Factor Live, Depeche Mode, Jay-Z
Joe McElderry arriving at Radio One on December 16, 2009 in London, England. FilmMagic

The X Factor Live, the U.K. arena tour featuring finalists from the sixth season of the hit British television singing competition, tops our latest tally of Hot Tours, becoming the first ensemble show to do so since the chart launched last July. Box office totals from the first eight venues on the tour have been reported by London-based promoter 3A Entertainment. Seven of the venues hosted the tour for multiple performances with a total of twenty-five sold out concerts occurring in all eight markets. Top numbers came from the Manchester Evening News Arena with a total gross of $2.3 million (£1.5 million) and 56,560 in attendance for two evening and two matinee performances on March 13-14. The tour also played four show runs at Cardiff International Arena (Feb. 23-26) and Brighton Centre (Feb. 27-28) and a total of six performances at Aberdeen Press & Journal Arena (March 4-7).

Promoter Live Nation's U.K. office has reported totals from December and February performances by veteran English band Depeche Mode, landing them in the No. 2 spot on the Hot Tours list. London's O2 Arena had the top numbers among the five reported venues with a total of $3.5 million (£2.1 million) in combined grosses from two shows on Dec. 15-16 and one performance held on Feb. 20. The February show was a rescheduled date from May 2009 when the band had to cancel a performance due to illness. They also played arenas in Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester in December as well as another London appearance on Feb. 17 at Royal Albert Hall.

Four more dates on the Jay-Z Blueprint 3 Tour were reported during the past week giving the rap star the No. 3 ranking for the second week in a row. 57,498 tickets were sold at four arenas earning $4.9 million at the box office. All four shows were sellouts with New York's Madison Square Garden (March 2) claiming the top gross of $1.3 million. The other performances were held at Philips Arena in Atlanta (Feb. 27), Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum (Feb. 28) and Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (March 3).

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 THE X FACTOR LIVE

$7,699,265
Feb. 23-March 14
Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, U.K. (4/4)
Brighton Centre, Brighton, U.K. (4/4)
Trent FM Arena, Nottingham, U.K. (2/2)
Aberdeen Press & Journal Arena, Aberdeen, U.K. (6/6)
Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow, U.K. (2/2)
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, U.K. (1/1)
Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, U.K. (2/2)
Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, U.K. (4/4)
185,154 (185,154)
2 DEPECHE MODE

$6,449,528
Dec. 12-Feb. 20
Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow, U.K. (1/1)
LG Arena, Birmingham, U.K. (1/1)
O2 Arena, London (3/3)
Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, U.K. (1/1)
Royal Albert Hall, London (1/1)
90,334 (90,334)
3 JAY-Z

$4,939,853
Feb. 27-March 3
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/1)
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
57,498 (57,498)
4 TAYLOR SWIFT

$4,055,900
March 4-12
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa (1/1)
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/1)
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (1/1)
American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas (1/1)
72,788 (72,788)
5 MICHAEL BUBLÉ

$3,808,817
March 10-14
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/1)
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa (1/1)
Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)
46,978 (46,978)
6 RONAN KEATING

$1,909,571
Feb. 23-March 14
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, U.K. (1/1)
Aberdeen Press & Journal Arena, Aberdeen, U.K. (1/1)
City Hall, Newcastle, U.K. (2/2)
Empire Theatre, Liverpool, U.K. (1/1)
Colston Hall, Bristol, U.K. (2/2)
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, U.K. (1/1)
Brighton Centre, Brighton, U.K. (1/1)
Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, U.K. (1/0)
Royal Albert Hall, London (3/3)
Manchester Apollo, Manchester, U.K. (2/2)
42,436 (42,811)
7 ELTON JOHN & BILLY JOEL

$1,706,428
March 3
INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/1)
14,029 (14,029)
8 LADY GAGA

$1,652,956
Feb. 20-22
O2, Dublin (2/2)
Odyssey Arena, Belfast (1/1)
35,232 (35,232)
9 PET SHOP BOYS

$1,178,769
Dec. 18-21
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, U.K. (1/0)
Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, U.K. (1/0)
O2 Arena, London (1/0)
24,308 (27,072)
10 JOHN MAYER

$1,049,709
Feb. 28-March 10
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/0)
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans (1/0)
19,296 (23,268)