Cheer for Chesney: Country Star Tops Hot Tours with $15 Million in Ticket Sales

Kenny Chesney performs onstage during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Kenny Chesney leads the rest of the field this week, earning the top slot on the Hot Tours tally with box office totals reported from six venues on his No Shoes Nation tour. Concerts at three outdoor amphitheaters and three stadiums generated ticket sales of $15 million for Chesney, who is set to wrap his 2013 tour on August 24. Among this week's reported shows was a sold out date at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. with a crowd of 53,416 in attendance. With a gross of $4.8 million, the August 10 concert marked Chesney's third consecutive year performing at the NFL stadium. Adding sold ticket counts from 2011's Goin' Coastal tour and last year's Brothers of the Sun tour with Tim McGraw to this year's totals, 164,940 tickets were moved to see country music's highest-grossing touring artist of this century, based on Billboard Boxscore, in the New York Metropolitan area.

Taylor Swift, second so far in 2013 among the list of country music's four stadium headliners (George Strait and Jason Aldean are the others), is also second among this week's list of Hot Tours with $9.1 million reported from six venues. The top grosser, with $4.1 million in sold tickets, was her August 10 performance at Soldier Field in Chicago, the 10 stadium date on her 2013 Red tour itinerary. Since launching in March, the tour's overall gross now tops $95 million from 1.1 million sold tickets at 49 shows.

Rounding out the list of country music's stadium headliners behind Chesney and Swift are George Strait and Jason Aldean, both with two stadium dates in 2013.

Latin music star Carlos Vives lands among the top-grossing touring artists of the week, at No. 8, with ticket sales reported from his nine-city North American tour during July. The veteran Colombian singer returned to the concert stage for the first time since 2005, kicking off with a sold out performance in San Juan at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot on July 6. The top box office numbers came from his performance at Miami's American Airlines Arena on July 13 where he topped the $1 million mark in ticket sales from a crowd of 12,780. His last headlining appearance at the Miami arena eight years ago drew 12,400 fans on August 13, 2005. During this summer's tour, Vives totaled $3.8 million in grosses from nine performances with a total of 59,160 sold tickets.


Weekly .com Boxscores - Aug. 21, 2013


Total Gross

Show Dates

Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)

Total Attendance (Capacity)



Aug. 1-17

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte (1/0)

Georgia Dome, Atlanta (1/1)

Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, Maine (1/1)

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (1/1)

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto (1/1)

Ford Field, Detroit (1/1)

195,431 (196,310)



Aug. 1-10

Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)

Sprint Center, Kansas City (2/2)

INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/1)

BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)

Soldier Field, Chicago (1/1)

113,769 (113,769)



July 31-Aug. 18

U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix (1/1)

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo. (2/2)

Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/1)

Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/1)

Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (1/1)

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)

KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)

104,218 (104,218)



Aug. 2-10

Barclays Center, Brooklyn (1/1)

Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)

Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. (1/1)

Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville (1/1)

Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa (1/1)

Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)

79,806 (79,806)



July 19-Aug. 17

Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, Nev. (1/1)

Meadowbrook, Gilford, N.H. (1/1)

INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/0)

BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/0)

DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, Mich. (1/1)

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/1)

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/1)

95,632 (97,722)



July 16

Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/1)

43,747 (43,747)



Aug. 7-10

Staples Center, Los Angeles (4/4)

57,363 (57,363)



July 6-28

Coliseo de Puerto Rico, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (1/1)

Amway Center, Orlando (1/0)

American Airlines Arena, Miami (1/0)

Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/0)

Agganis Arena, Boston (1/0)

Prudential Center, Newark (1/0)

Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va. (1/0)

NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles (1/0)

Toyota Center, Houston (1/0)

59,160 (71,419)



July 20-Aug. 4

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas (7/5)

26,538 (27,854)



Aug 9-11

Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, N.C. (1/1)

Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J. (1/0)

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, N.Y. (1/1)

59,451 (60,003)