Jay-Z and Kanye West, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears Top 2012 Hot Tours
Jay-Z and Kanye West, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears Top 2012 Hot Tours

Jay-Z and Kanye West top the first Hot Tours ranking of 2012 with box office grosses reported from their Watch the Throne Tour that played North American markets from October through December. This week's tally includes ticket revenue from venues in New York City, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh totaling $10.3 million from six sold out concerts. New York's Madison Square Garden moved 27,649 tickets for a two-night run on Nov. 7-8, while Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center reported a crowd of 11,957 for a single performance on Nov. 27. In December, the tour played a three-show stint at Staples Center in Los Angeles with gross sales just over $5.1 million. Combined attendance for all three shows (Dec. 11-13) was 42,332.

Dolly Parton takes second place this week with $4.8 million in reported ticket sales from three venues on the Australian leg of her Better Day World Tour that wrapped at the beginning of December. The country star performed in Western Australia on Nov. 8 at Burswood Dome in Perth with 12,494 in attendance, and then played for 5,957 fans in the South Australian city of Adelaide on Nov. 12. Also included in this week's Hot Tours recap is a $1.9 million gross from two shows at the Hope Estate Winery's outdoor amphitheater in Hunter Valley, north of Sydney. Parton performed a total of 12 concerts in Australia during the final leg of her 2011 tour, grossing over $15.4 million Down Under with 95,858 tickets sold in six markets.

Landing at No. 3 this week is Britney Spears with two concerts reported from the final weeks of her 2011 Femme Fatale Tour that ended in December. Her tally includes her sold out concert in Caracas, Venezuela on Nov. 28 as well as a Dec. 10 performance in Puerto Rico. The Caracas show was held at the football stadium on the campus of the Universidad Simón Bolívar, and the concert in Puerto Rico occurred at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in the San Juan suburb of Hato Rey.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 JAY-Z & KANYE WEST
$10,336,953
Nov. 7-Dec. 13
Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (3/3)
81,938 (81,938)
2 DOLLY PARTON
$4,878,458
Nov. 8-20
Burswood Dome, Perth, Australia (1/0)
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia (1/0)
Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley, Australia (2/0)
32,578 (51,909)
3 BRITNEY SPEARS

$4,447,500
Nov. 28-Dec. 10
Estadio Fútbol Universidad Simón Bolivar, Caracas (1/1)
Coliseo de Puerto Rico, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (1/0)
19,108 (20,111)
4 ANDREA BOCELLI
$4,274,927
Dec. 10-11
MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/0)
Honda Center, Anaheim (1/0)
21,622 (23,680)
5 TIËSTO
$2,456,089
Oct. 21-Dec. 17
Cabanga Iate Clube, Recife, Brazil (1/0)
Cel da OAB, Goiânia, Brazil (1/1)
Ruby Skye, San Francisco (2/2)
Foro Coors, Monterrey, Mexico (1/0)
Estadio Banorte, Culiacán, Mexico (1/0)
Ecocentro Expositor, Querétaro, Mexico (1/1)
The City Disco, Cancun, Mexico (1/0)
Pacha, New York (1/1)
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm (1/1)
40,183 (44,197)
6 FURTHUR

$2,267,300
Nov. 10-Dec. 31
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (3/3)
41,052 (41,052)
7 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

$2,052,137
Nov. 28-Dec. 21
Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa. (1/0)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
Amway Center, Orlando (2/0)
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (1/0)
42,001 (65,841)
8 GUNS N' ROSES
$1,688,860
Nov. 2-15
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/0)
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/0)
Target Center, Minneapolis (1/0)
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/0)
30,741 (36,733)
9 COLDPLAY
$1,477,530
Dec. 20
Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (1/1)
18,340 (18,340)
10 COLD CHISEL
$1,474,885
Dec. 3-13
Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (1/0)
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (1/0)
18,290 (19,048)