For urban music touring, these could be considered the best of times, with a whirlwind of road activity from superstars and rising artists alike. Beyoncé just finished a $200 million-plus global tour, and this summer's run with husband Jay Z is on a pace to gross close to $100 million. Rihanna grossed nearly $130 million in 2013, according to Billboard Boxscore, and will launch the Monster stadium tour with Eminem in August. Mainstream destination music festivals also now routinely book urban acts - because they sell tickets.

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