Drake Scales to Seven Sold-Out NYC Arena Shows: His Decade of Headlining Tours, By the Numbers

Drake’s Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour continues to play throughout North America and hit New York City in August. Alongside special guests Migos and support act Roy Wood$, he played four shows at Madison Square Garden (Aug. 24-28) followed by three at Brooklyn’s neighboring Barclays Center (Aug. 30-Sept. 1). All seven shows sold out, a remarkable win for Drake on the road, to complement the extraordinary success he has had this year with Scorpion and its three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles: “God’s Plan, “Nice for What” and “In My Feelings."

Drake’s blockbuster tour is the culmination of almost a decade of touring, building his fanbase on each album cycle. Below, let’s break down his trajectory in the Big Apple, looking at his Away from Home Tour in 2010, Would You Like a Tour in 2013, Summer Sixteen Tour with Future in 2016 and Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour in 2018.

NUMBER OF SHOWS (AND SELLOUTS): On Drake’s first headlining tour, he toured for seven months, playing arenas, amphitheaters, theaters, and colleges. Largely an untested live act, he played two consecutive nights at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall, selling both shows out completely. Upon his return in 2013, he sold out another two performances, this time graduating to two arenas (Prudential Center, Newark, N.J., and Barclays Center, Brooklyn). For his co-headline tour with Future in 2016, they upped the ante and sold out four shows at Madison Square Garden. And as stated above, Drake sold out all seven shows for his 2018 tour, four at MSG and three at Barclays.

TICKETS SOLD: Selling out two shows at Radio City Music Hall is no humble beginning, but Drake’s reach in New York City has ballooned since his debut run in 2010.

Away From Home Tour, 2010: 11,188 tickets sold

Would You Like a Tour?, 2013: 26,992 tickets sold (up 127 percent)

Summer Sixteen Tour, 2016: 58,085 tickets sold (up 115 percent)

Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour, 2018: 114,720 tickets sold (up 97 percent)

GROSS: More tickets sold means more revenue. Over the course of eight years, Drake has gone from a hedged bet playing multiple theater shows to a guaranteed arena winner.

Away From Home Tour, 2010: $761,113 gross

Would You Like a Tour?, 2013: $2,459,196 gross (up 223 percent)

Summer Sixteen Tour, 2016: $6,804,352 gross (up 177 percent)

Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour, 2018: $14,643,576 (up 115 percent)

Growing from two theater shows to seven sold-out arena dates, from 11,000 tickets to 115,000 and from $750,000 to nearly $15 million, Drake has transformed into one of the predominant touring rap acts of the decade.

The Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour is scheduled to play through Nov. 18, 2018, closing with three shows at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena.


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