One Direction's 'Road' Leads to No. 1 on Hot Tours

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Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan of the band One Direction appear on the "Today" show from Universal Orlando Resort on Monday, November 17, 2014.

One Direction’s On the Road Again concert trek hits No. 1 on the weekly roundup of Hot Tours (see list, below) with sales reported from the first of two South African cities on its schedule. Johannesburg hosted the boy band for two concerts at FNB Stadium, the largest stadium on the African continent with 94,700 seats and host venue during the 2010 World Cup. The pop stars performed at the massive soccer stadium on March 28 and 29, grossing more than $6.2 million from 131,615 sold tickets.

The tour had already played 12 markets in Australia and Asia before heading to South Africa in late-March.  Since the Feb. 7 launch in Sydney, overall sales from the On the Road Again tour top $74 million from 21 sold out performances in eight countries. Next on the itinerary is the first European leg of the tour, set to begin on June 5 in Cardiff, Wales.

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Big Concerts International, promoter of the One Direction date in Johannesburg, also worked a three-city jaunt through South Africa for Michael Bublé who wrapped his To Be Loved tour there after a 21-month span. The Canadian vocalist, No. 2 on the tally, kicked off the final leg of his tour on March 17 with a sold out performance at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the coastal city of Durban. A sellout in Cape Town followed two days later, and the tour ended in Johannesburg with a two-night stint at the Dome, the city’s 19,000-seat indoor arena. Box office revenue from all three venues totals $2.8 million from 63,679 sold tickets.

Aussie legends John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John score the No. 6 ranking with sales stats reported by Sydney’s Qantas Credit Union Arena, the final stop on the pair’s co-headlining trek through Australia during April. Kicking off on April 4, the Two Strong Hearts tour played six cities during the two-week run promoted by Melbourne-based event producer, Dainty Group. With just over $1 million in ticket sales, the performance at the Sydney arena drew a crowd of 9,254 on April 19.  The tour also included performances at arenas in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane as well as outdoor shows at wineries near the towns of Margaret River and Hunter Valley.

 HOT TOURS - April 22, 2015
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported April 15-21
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
 March 28-29
 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa (2/2)
 131,615 (131,615)
 March 17-22
 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa (1/1)
 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa (1/1)
 The Dome, Johannesburg, South Africa (2/2)
 63,679 (63,679)
 March 25
 Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
 13,711 (13,711)
 April 19
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (2/2)
 26,999 (26,999)
 March 2
 Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/0)
 11,868 (12,191)
 April 19
 Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (1/0)
 9,254 (9,522)
 Feb. 7-March 1
 Philips Arena, Atlanta (2/1)
 20,544 (22,294)
 April 15-17
 General Motors Centre, Oshawa, Ontario (1/1)
 Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (1/1)
 14,242 (14,242)
 April 14-15
 Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/0)
 KeyArena, Seattle (1/0)
 23,557 (25,317)
 April 19
 Frank Erwin Center, Austin (1/0)
 8,710 (11,183)