J. Cole Leads Hot Tours Tally, Taylor Swift's Trek Surpasses $150M Mark

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J.Cole performs at O2 ABC Glasgow on May 13, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

J. Cole earns the No. 1 slot on this week’s tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $16.4 million reported from the third leg of his tour, a North American run from July 12 through Sept. 4.

With concerts booked primarily in outdoor amphitheaters -- along with a handful of arena dates -- Cole performed for 473,961 fans in 29 cities during the summertime trek that featured opening slots by Big Sean, YG and Jeremih. An Aug. 4 arena show at New York’s Madison Square Garden produced his highest gross of the summer with $1 million in sales from a sellout crowd of 13,665, but the next five top grosses all came from amphitheaters in major markets: Washington, D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and, again, New York City. The top attendance of the summer came from the Chicago area with 27,901 tickets sold for a July 28 event at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in the suburb of Tinley Park.

Divided into three separate legs, Cole’s Forest Hills Drive tour kicked off in March with a five-week run through secondary U.S. markets set mostly in clubs and theaters. The second leg took the tour to Europe during May with 15 shows booked in nine countries.

Among the artists following Cole on the Hot Tours recap are Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line, landing at Nos. 2 and 4 respectively on the weekly slate of top grossing tours based on sales stats reported during the past week.

Box-office revenue from seven shows at four venues on Swift’s 1989 World Tour adds $15.6 million to the world tour’s overall sales total that has now reached $152.6 million since launching in May. From 50 reported performances during 18 weeks on the road, the number of sold seats rises to 1,359,256. The pop star’s North American trek continues through the end of October, followed by dates in Singapore, China and Australia before the end of the year.

Florida Georgia Line earns the tally’s fourth place ranking with $3.4 million in sales from six reported concerts on the country duo’s Anything Goes tour. Shows at five sheds and one arena added 97,527 sold tickets to the overall attendance count that now tops half a million since kicking off on Jan. 15. From 41 concerts, the tour’s combined gross currently totals $23.5 million. The trek through U.S. and Canadian markets is set to wrap in mid-October.

 HOT TOURS - Sept. 22, 2015
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Sept. 15-21
  
RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1J. COLE
 $16,433,582
 July 12-Sept. 4
 White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash. (1/0)
 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif. (1/1)
 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif. (1/1)
 The Axis at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas (1/1)
 Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/1)
 Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque (1/0)
 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/0)
 DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, Mich. (1/1)
 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (1/0)
 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/0)
 First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. (1/0)
 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J. (1/1)
 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (1/1)
 Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y. (1/1)
 XFINITY Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/0)
 XFINITY Theatre, Hartford, Conn. (1/0)
 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (1/1)
 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati (1/1)
 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte (1/1)
 Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, Va. (1/0)
 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta (1/1)
 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/0)
 Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/1)
 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas (1/1)
 Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, Texas (1/1)
 Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas (1/0)
 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo. (1/1)
 Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, N.C. (1/0)
 Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0)
 473,961 (503,104)
  
2TAYLOR SWIFT
 $15,637,020
 Sept. 9-18
 Minute Maid Park, Houston (1/1)
 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (3/3)
 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis (1/1)
 Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (2/2)
 129,194 (129,194)
  
3ROMEO SANTOS
 $3,756,352
 July 10-12
 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (3/3)
 45,285 (45,285)
  
4FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
 $3,418,496
 Aug. 22-Sept. 12
 Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas (1/0)
 Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, Calif. (1/0)
 Toyota Amphitheatre, Wheatland, Calif. (1/0)
 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (1/1)
 XFINITY Theatre, Hartford, Conn. (1/1)
 XFINITY Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/1)
 97,527 (107,530)
  
5FOO FIGHTERS
 $3,413,430
 Aug. 22-29
 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
 Wrigley Field, Chicago (1/1)
 54,532 (54,532)
  
6AC/DC
 $3,238,650
 Aug. 31
 Stade Olympique, Montreal (1/0)
 36,917 (46,100)
  
7JUAN GABRIEL
 $2,748,585
 Sept. 11-13
 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/1)
 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (1/0)
 22,213 (22,233)
  
8JUAN LUIS GUERRA
 $2,587,370
 Sept. 12-18
 American Airlines Arena, Miami (1/1)
 Amway Center, Orlando (1/0)
 The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
 24,284 (24,883)
  
9BILLY JOEL
 $1,623,146
 Sept. 16
 Pepsi Center, Denver (1/1)
 17,151 (17,151)
  
10NICKY JAM
 $1,446,445
 Sept. 17-18
 Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, San Juan (2/0)
 27,796 (27,997)