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
  
RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1CHARLIE 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)
  
2MAROON 5
 $2,852,671
 March 5-6
 Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)
 29,998 (29,998)
  
3ERIC 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)
  
4JOE 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)
  
5ABOVE & BEYOND
 $841,500
 March 13-14
 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (2/2)
 17,000 (17,000)
  
6GUY SEBASTIAN
 $836,542
 Feb. 18-28
 Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (1/0)
 Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (1/0)
 9,384 (10,018)
  
7DRAKE
 $792,004
 March 3
 Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (1/0)
 6,838 (7,289)
  
8SAM SMITH
 $757,230
 Jan. 15
 Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
 14,282 (14,282)
  
9JACK WHITE
 $697,744
 Jan. 30
 Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
 14,793 (14,793)
  
10DOCTOR WHO SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR
 $636,336
 Feb. 7
 Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (2/0)
 7,595 (8,324)