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Charlie Wilson Leads Hot Tours With Winter Trek

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Charlie Wilson performs at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on March 5, 2015 in New York City.

Charlie Wilson leads the pack of touring artists on the weekly Hot Tours roundup (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from his winter trek in support of the album Forever Charlie, released in January. The R&B veteran earns the No. 1 ranking with $9.9 million in sales reported from 17 performances on his 28-city U.S. trek. Chicago-area fans produced the ongoing tour's highest gross and attendance counts so far at the United Center on Feb. 28. With a sellout crowd of 13,420, the Chi-Town arena logged $909,376 in revenue from tickets ranging from $45 to a top price of $100.

The tour kicked off on Feb. 12 at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University and is set to continue through March 28, wrapping at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Wilson, the former lead singer of the Gap Band, is joined on the road by fellow R&B singers Kem and Joe.

Maroon 5 scores the second slot on Hot Tours this week with $2.8 million in sales from a two-night stint at Madison Square Garden on March 5 and 6. With Magic and Rozzi Crane providing support, the Grammy-winning band, led by Adam Levine, drew 29,998 fans to the famed New York City arena generating more than $2.8 million at the box office.

The Los Angeles-based pop rock group kicked off its 2015 world tour on Feb. 16 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, the first venue on a 28-city North American jaunt that continues through April 6. On the road in support of the Interscope album V that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last year, the band has dates booked in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/New Zealand through early October.

Country headliner Eric Church takes the third slot on Hot Tours with $1.4 million in ticket sales from his Outsiders tour that is booked in North American markets through May 25. This tally includes performances at arenas in Washington, D.C., Albany, N.Y. and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. attended by 28,820 fans. Since the tour began last September, Church has grossed $29 million from more than half a million sold tickets at 50 concerts.

  HOT TOURS - March 18, 2015
  Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported March 11-17
   
Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
1 CHARLIE WILSON
  $9,980,623
  Feb. 12-March 15
  Wolstein Center, Cleveland (1/0)
  First Niagara Center, Buffalo, N.Y. (1/0)
  Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (1/1)
  PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C. (1/0)
  BJCC Arena, Birmingham, Ala. (1/1)
  KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
  United Center, Chicago (1/1)
  Joe Louis Arena, Detroit (1/1)
  Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (1/0)
  Constant Center, Norfolk, Va. (1/1)
  Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1)
  Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
  Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. (1/0)
  Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C. (1/0)
  Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas (1/1)
  Smoothie King Center, New Orleans (1/1)
  Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)
  136,028 (140,637)
   
2 MAROON 5
  $2,852,671
  March 5-6
  Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)
  29,998 (29,998)
   
3 ERIC CHURCH
  $1,420,279
  March 10-13
  Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
  Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y. (1/0)
  Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (1/1)
  28,820 (30,423)
   
4 JOE BONAMASSA
  $1,229,729
  Jan. 21-24
  Citi Wang Theatre, Boston (1/0)
  Radio City Music Hall, New York (2/1)
  12,198 (14,538)
   
5 ABOVE & BEYOND
  $841,500
  March 13-14
  Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (2/2)
  17,000 (17,000)
   
6 GUY SEBASTIAN
  $836,542
  Feb. 18-28
  Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (1/0)
  Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (1/0)
  9,384 (10,018)
   
7 DRAKE
  $792,004
  March 3
  Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (1/0)
  6,838 (7,289)
   
8 SAM SMITH
  $757,230
  Jan. 15
  Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
  14,282 (14,282)
   
9 JACK WHITE
  $697,744
  Jan. 30
  Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
  14,793 (14,793)
   
10 DOCTOR WHO SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR
  $636,336
  Feb. 7
  Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (2/0)
  7,595 (8,324)
   

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