Kanye West Leads New Hot Tours Ranking

Kanye West performs during The Saint Pablo Tour
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Kanye West performs during the Kanye West: The Saint Pablo Tour at Philips Arena on Sept. 12, 2016, in Atlanta.

Kanye West takes the No. 1 ranking on Billboard’s weekly Hot Tours recap (see list below) based on $24.6 million in ticket sales reported from his fall trek through North American markets. The 18-week tour supports The Life of Pablo, his most recent album that bowed in February, and continues through the remainder of the year.

The tour launched with a performance on Aug. 25 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the first of 26 shows that have been reported so far by promoter Live Nation. As of the end of October, overall grosses had reached $35 million, but with 62 concerts booked through the end of 2016, the Saint Pablo tour could hit the $80 million mark before wrapping with a final two-night New Year’s run at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The highest-grossing engagement was a six-night stint at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., that logged more than $8.2 million at the box office. More than 97,000 fans saw the rapper during the Los Angeles-area run that kicked off on Oct. 25 and ended with an abbreviated performance on Nov. 3 due to throat problems.

The Forum engagement is the tour’s longest multiple-show run and the only one to stretch six nights, but double-show dates came in four other markets: Miami, Toronto, Oakland and New York City. Another two-night stand is booked in Philadelphia on Dec. 13 and 15 followed by a return to New York for the Brooklyn finale on Dec. 30 and 31.

Meanwhile, Metallica lands on the tally at No. 6 with tour dates in support of a new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, released on Nov. 18. The band kicked off a string of five Latin American concerts in October, beginning with an Oct. 26 performance in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Two of the remaining four engagements are also covered in this recap: an outdoor performance at a horseracing track in Bogotá, Colombia, and a concert at the national stadium of Costa Rica in San José. Grosses from these three cities hit $5.7 million from 69,407 sold seats. The tour also stopped in Ecuador and Guatemala, but those box office stats have not yet been reported.

Metallica has stated that there are many more shows to come, but a North American leg has yet to be announced. However, 2017 dates are already booked in Asia, Europe and South America beginning in January.

  Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Nov. 8-14
Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
  Aug. 25-Oct. 29
  Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis (1/0)
  First Niagara Center, Buffalo, N.Y. (1/0)
  Air Canada Centre, Toronto (2/2)
  TD Garen, Boston (1/0)
  Amalie Arena, Tampa (1/1)
  American Airlines Arena, Miami (2/2)
  American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/0)
  Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/0)
  Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/0)
  Joe Louis Arena, Detroit (1/0)
  Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa. (1/0)
  The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (6/6)
  T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (1/1)
  297,615 (312,854)
  Oct. 10-Nov. 5
  Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (2/2)
  Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (2/2)
  American Airlines Arena, Miami (2/2)
  Philips Arena, Atlanta (2/2)
  American Airlines Center, Dallas (2/2)
  Frank Erwin Center, Austin (2/2)
  162,980 (162,980)
  Aug. 27-Oct. 8
  Amalie Arena, Tampa (1/1)
  Smoothie King Center, New Orleans (1/0)
  Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix (1/0)
  Oracle Arena, Oakland (2/0)
  SAP Center, San Jose (2/0)
  Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
  Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)
  120,651 (123,590)
  Sept. 17-Nov. 3
  Luna Park, Buenos Aires (6/6)
  Brisbane (Australia) Entertainment Centre (2/0)
  Newcastle (Australia) Entertainment Centre (1/0)
  Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (2/0)
  Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (1/0)
  Adelaide (Australia) Entertainment Centre (1/0)
  Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand (1/0)
  Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (1/0)
  Perth (Australia) Arena (1/0)
  99,725 (109,167)
  Aug. 30-Sept. 17
  BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/0)
  Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/0)
  Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/0)
  Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich. (1/0)
  Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/0)
  50,922 (64,636)
  Oct. 26-Nov. 5
  Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan (1/0)
  Hipódromo de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (1/0)
  Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José (1/0)
  69,407 (76,849)
  Oct. 17-27
  Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
  U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati (1/1)
  John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va. (1/0)
  Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte (1/0)
  Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
  Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y. (1/0)
  68,720 (72,413)
  Oct. 28-31
  MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (4/4)
  63,222 (63,222)
  Oct. 22-Nov. 1
  Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)
  Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
  Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (1/1)
  Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/0)
  46,732 (50,369)
  Aug. 27-Sept. 3
  BB&T Pavilion, Camden, N.J. (1/0)
  CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. (1/0)
  Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wis. (1/0)
  56,747 (73,840)

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