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Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour is Her Biggest Yet –- And She's Not Even Halfway Done

Ariana Grande
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Ariana Grande performs at Lollapalooza at Grant Park on Aug. 4, 2019 in Chicago.

Grande’s North American leg already surpassed her previous tours’ worldwide totals.

On July 13, Ariana Grande played the last of 48 dates of the Sweetener World Tour’s first leg. The trek’s last six shows hit the Hot Tours recap dated Aug. 17, 2019 at No. 6. At the close of the tour’s North American leg, Grande has earned $78.8 million and sold 659,842 tickets in 2019, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

Grande picked up the pace on the Sweetener trek, posting the best figures of her career. Her four-show run in New York (two shows at Madison Square Garden and two at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center) marked both the highest-grossing and best-selling North American engagements of her career, but on opposite sides of the coin. The MSG double-header is now Grande’s biggest earner on the continent, with receipts of $5.5 million (28,576 tickets). Separately, her Barclays Center shows became her best-selling North American engagement, with 28,972 tickets ($4.4 million gross).

Further, out of Grande’s 40 best-grossing engagements across her career, 32 come from the Sweetener World Tour’s first leg, an overwhelming figure considering the tour isn’t even at its halfway mark yet. The trek’s $78.8 million North American total towers over that of 2017’s Dangerous Woman Tour ($33.2 million) and 2015’s Honeymoon Tour ($22.8 million). That means that Grande’s current tour is up 137% from her previous continental sweep, with more dates in the U.S. and Canada scheduled for November and December.

With all of Europe and a second North American leg left, The Sweetener World Tour has already surpassed the global totals of her previous treks, as reported to Billboard Boxscore. She sailed past the Honeymoon Tour’s $25.3 million and squeezed ahead of the Dangerous Woman Tour ($71.1 million) by 11%.

Grande has averaged $1.64 million per night on her 2019 trek, up from her North American pace of $830,000 from 2017. If her European shows follow the same 98% uptick, she is projected to earn $42.5-$45 million overseas. With the final scheduled leg as a North American redux, Grande’s tour is on track to break the $150 million barrier.

The Sweetener World Tour was in a unique position to elevate Grande’s touring prowess. Grande announced the tour and its schedule in October 2018, two months after the release of its namesake, Sweetener which arrived atop the Billboard 200 on the back of two Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits (“No Tears Left to Cry” and “God is a Woman”).

Already primed to dominate 2019 from the stage, she released “Thank U, Next” last November and an album of the same name in February of 2019, a rare quick pace for pop artists. The Sweetener follow-up also debuted at No. 1 and gave Grande her first two No. 1 titles on the Hot 100 – seven non-consecutive weeks for the title track and eight for “7 Rings.” Touring two No. 1 albums with a combined 21 Billboard Hot 100 entries, Grande effectively riled her fan base into a ticket-buying frenzy, mounting one of the top tours of 2019.

See below for the full Hot Tours tally, which also features Jennifer Lopez, Dave Matthews Band, and Iron Maiden.

 HOT TOURS - AUG. 17, 2019
 Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Aug. 6 - 12
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
1Jennifer Lopez
 June 7 - July 20
 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (0/2)
 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)
 SAP Center, San Jose, Calif. (1/1)
 Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Ariz. (1/1)
 Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo. (1/1)
 AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas (0/1)
 Bert Ogden Arena, Edinburg, Texas (0/1)
 Toyota Center, Houston, Texas (1/1)
 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
 United Center, Chicago (0/2)
 American Family Insurance Amphitheater, Milwaukee, Wis. (0/1)
 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich. (1/1)
 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ont. (0/2)
 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec (1/1)
 Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)
 XFINITY Center, Mansfield, Mass. (0/1)
 Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
 Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1)
 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. (1/1)
 302,953 (318,890)
2The Rolling Stones
 July 15 - 27
 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La. (1/1)
 TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Fla. (1/1)
 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa. (1/1)
 NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas (1/1)
 182,454 (182,454)
3Dave Matthews Band
 May 14 - July 27
 Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, Mo. (0/1)
 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas (0/1)
 Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas, Texas (0/1)
 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, N.J. (0/2)
 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, N.Y. (0/1)
 XFINITY Center, Mansfield, Mass. (0/1)
 XFINIT Theatre, Hartford, Conn. (0/1)
 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (0/2)
 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (0/1)
 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (0/1)
 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wis. (0/2)
 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich. (0/1)
 Budweiser Stage, Toronto, Ont (1/1)
 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (0/2)
 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C. (1/1)
 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (0/1)
 Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, Ga. (1/1)
 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla. (0/1)
 Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (0/2)
 368,795 (533,158)
 June 11 - July 14
 Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, Mo. (0/1)
 Budweiser Stage, Toronto (1/1)
 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1/1)
 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C. (0/1)
 Darling's Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, Maine (2/2)
 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, N.J. (0/3)
 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (0/2)
 Fenway Park, Boston, Mass. (0/2)
 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wis. (0/3)
 296,272 (384,718)
5Shawn Mendes
 July 22 - Aug. 5
 American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (1/1)
 AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas (1/1)
 Toyota Center, Houston, Texas (1/1)
 Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla. (1/1)
 Amway Center, Orlando, Fla. (1/1)
 State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Ga. (1/1)
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
 KFC Yum Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich. (1/1)
 131,265 (131,265)
6Ariana Grande
 July 1 - 13
 Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
 Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/1)
 Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo. (1/1)
 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
 Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo. (1/1)
 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah (1/1)
 80,706 (80,706)
7Iron Maiden
 July 18 - Aug. 3
 BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
 Cellaris Amphitheater at Lakewood, Atlanta, Ga. (0/1)
 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C. (0/1)
 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (0/1)
 Barclays Center, Brooklyn (2/2)
 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. (1/1)
 XFINITY Center, Mansfield, Mass. (0/1)
 XFINITY Theatre, Hartford, Conn. (0/1)
 112,650 (116,554)
8Hootie & The Blowfish
 July 13 - 28
 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/1)
 Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, Rogers, Ark. (1/1)
 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (1/1)
 KeyBank Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. (1/1)
 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1/1)
 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (1/1)
 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, N.J. (1/1)
 119,141 (119,141)
9Jojo Siwa
 July 12 - 31
 BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
 St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, Fla. (1/1)
 Volvo Car Stadium, Charleston, S.C. (1/1)
 Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/1)
 Virginia Credit Union Live!, Richmond, Va. (1/1)
 The Barns of Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, Va. (1/1)
 Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Conn. (1/1)
 Agganis Arena, Boston, Mass. (1/1)
 Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1)
 NYCB Live, Home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/1)
 Skyline Stage at The Mann, Philadelphia, Pa. (1/1)
 Artpark, Lewiston, N.Y. (1/1)
 Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (1/1)
 Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
 111,328 (111,328)
10Jerry Seinfeld
 July 12 - 13
 Eventim Apollo, London (0/2)
 13,946 (14,384)