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Eric Church's Outsiders Trek Leads New Hot Tours Tally

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Eric Church scores the No. 1 slot on the latest Hot Tours recap based on $2.1 million in ticket sales from four concerts on his Outsiders tour (see list, below), on the road this year in North American cities. This week’s tally includes sales from April performances at one U.S. venue and three Canadian arenas on the tour’s 2015 trek. The Edmonton market produced the largest crowd among these four cities with 13,956 fans at Rexall Place on April 12, but the tour’s highest attendance count came from Chicago with 18,626 present at Allstate Arena on March 20.

Eric Church Brings the Outsiders Tour to New York's Madison Square Garden

Since launching last September, the country headliner’s tour in support of his album The Outsiders has played in more than 60 cities in North America, racking up $35 million at the box office. Logged attendance is just over 725,000 since the tour’s launch, but more than 20 upcoming shows are still scheduled through early September. Church is also set to join Kenny Chesney this summer for select dates on his Big Revival tour.

Following at No. 2 on the Hot Tours roundup is fellow country superstar Jason Aldean with $1.5 million in sales reported from his Burn It Down tour that also launched in 2014. Aldean’s tour kicked off at the beginning of May and hit 42 cities in North America through the end of 2014, grossing $42 million at 48 performances. This year’s leg of the tour began on Feb. 12 in Greenville, S.C. and included eight more cities through the end of the first quarter.  Reported this week are the three most recent concerts, sellouts at arenas in Toledo, Ohio; Peoria, Ill.; and Cedar Falls, Iowa with almost 30,000 tickets sold in all three markets.

Landing at No. 7 on the slate of top-grossing touring acts, legendary artist Stevie Wonder earns a Hot Tours mention with ticket sales reported from an arena performance in Texas. His March 22 concert at American Airlines Center in Dallas drew a crowd of 11,442 and grossed just over $1 million.

Wonder hit the road last November with his Songs in the Key of Life tour that features a performance of his classic 1976 album in its entirety. Seven venues on the Live Nation-produced tour have reported ticket sales figures since the tour launched on Nov. 6. The top-grosser among them was Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia with a packed house on Nov. 18 and $1.5 million in revenue.

  HOT TOURS - April 15, 2015
  Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported April 8-14
   
Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
1 ERIC CHURCH
  $2,166,385
  April 7-12
  Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D. (1/1)
  SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (1/1)
  Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta (1/1)
  Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/0)
  51,091 (51,865)
   
2 JASON ALDEAN
  $1,568,710
  March 26-28
  Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio (1/1)
  Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Ill. (1/1)
  UNI-Dome, Cedar Falls, Iowa (1/1)
  29,493 (29,493)
   
3 FLEETWOOD MAC
  $1,533,154
  March 4
  American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/0)
  11,924 (13,712)
   
4 MAROON 5
  $1,374,180
  Feb. 16
  American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
  15,012 (15,012)
   
5 SANTANA & JOURNEY
  $1,082,042
  March 26-27
  Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Mexico (1/0)
  Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City (1/0)
  18,625 (22,474)
   
6 BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND
  $1,062,280
  Feb. 12
  American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/0)
  12,932 (14,511)
   
7 STEVIE WONDER
  $1,042,191
  March 22
  American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/0)
  11,442 (13,333)
   
8 CHRIS BROWN & TREY SONGZ
  $898,602
  March 11
  American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/0)
  11,128 (12,361)
   
9 KATT WILLIAMS
  $589,499
  April 11
  Toyota Center, Houston (1/0)
  9,232 (11,916)
   
10 MIRANDA LAMBERT
  $522,435
  March 12
  American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
  12,045 (12,045)
   

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