Billboard Latin Music Awards

Bad Bunny's La Nueva Religion Tours Have Earned $16 Million (And Counting)

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Bad Bunny performs live on stage at O2 Forum Kentish Town on Aug. 4, 2018 in London.

Bad Bunny returns to the Hot Tours recap, coming in at No. 4 on the tally dated Sept. 15, 2018 with the latest batch of reports from the La Nueva Religion Tour Pt. II. The first twelve shows of the U.S. tour brought in $5.7 million, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. Half of the dates so far have completely sold out.

As implied by the tour’s name, this trek follows Bad Bunny’s La Nueva Religion Tour Pt. I earlier this year. From Feb. 28 through Apr. 29, the Latin star toured throughout the U.S., grossing $10.3 million. The only market he repeated in Pt. II is Sugar Land, Texas, returning to the Smart Financial Centre on Aug. 30. He sold out both shows but in Pt. II, the gross increased from $492,000 to $572,000.

Similarly, he played three shows at New York’s United Palace in Pt. I and then played 15 miles down the road at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. in Pt. II. From three shows at United Palace, Bad Bunny sold 9,931 tickets and grossed $985,000. But nearly six months later, he was able to translate that success into one sold-out arena show, playing to 10,830 fans and grossing $1.1 million.

Bad Bunny has become one of the biggest Latin stars in recent memory, despite having never released an album. A steady stream of singles has spawned 31 entries on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart since 2016, recently peaking with “Te Bote,” where he spent 11 weeks at No. 1 alongside Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, DarellNicky Jam, and Ozuna. Bad Bunny has enjoyed significant crossover success between the two installments of his La Nueva Religion tours due to his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, “I Like It” with Cardi B and J Balvin.

With 11 shows left to be reported to Billboard Boxscore, Pt. II is on track to challenge and likely top its predecessor. The La Nueva Religion Tour Pt. II will continue to play in pockets throughout the U.S. until November 11, closing at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

 HOT TOURS - SEPT. 15, 2018
 Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Sept. 4-Sept. 10
  
 ACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
RANK 
1Taylor Swift
 $25,847,055
 Aug. 25-Sept. 1
 Nissan Stadium, Nashville (1/1)
 Ford Field, Detroit (1/1)
 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis (2/2)
 204,350 (204,350)
  
2Ed Sheeran
 $16,737,781
 Aug. 30-Sept. 8
 Rogers Centre, Toronto (2/2)
 Busch Stadium, St. Louis (1/1)
 Ford Field, Detroit (1/1)
 187,788 (187,788)
  
3Shania Twain
 $16,369,487
 June 16-Aug. 4
 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (0/1)
 FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ontario (0/1)
 Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/2)
 TD Garden, Boston (1/1)
 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (0/1)
 Barclays Center, Brooklyn (0/1)
 Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. (0/1)
 PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh (0/1)
 KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (0/1)
 Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/1)
 Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (0/1)
 Pepsi Center, Denver (0/1)
 Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City (0/1)
 Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix (1/1)
 Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (0/1)
 MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/1)
 207,164 (223,974)
  
4Bad Bunny
 $5,127,707
 Aug. 16-Sept. 8
 EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va. (1/1)
 Agganis Arena, Boston (1/1)
 Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1)
 Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Ariz. (0/1)
 Vally View Casino Center, San Diego (0/1)
 Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, Texas (1/1)
 Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah (0/1)
 Bellco Theatre, Denver (0/1)
 WaMu Theater, Seattle (1/1)
 Selland Arena, Fresno, Calif. (0/1)
 Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, Calif. (0/1)
 61,703 (68,189)
  
5Billy Joel
 $4,763,850
 Sept. 7
 Wrigley Field, Chicago (1/1)
 41,180 (41,180)
  
6Shakira
 $3,717,632
 Aug. 21-Sept. 3
 American Airlines Center, Dallas (0/1)
 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (2/2)
 37,399 (38,161)
  
7Journey & Def Leppard
 $3,684,390
 Aug. 25-29
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
 American Airlines Center, Dallas (0/1)
 31,118 (31,821)
  
8Smashing Pumpkins
 $2,427,240
 July 18-Aug. 31
 American Airlines Center, Dallas (0/1)
 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (2/2)
 29,974 (32,922)
  
9Keith Urban
 $1,991,650
 July 5-Aug. 24
 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, N.H. (0/2)
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
 30,686 (31,682)
  
10Jeff Lynne’s ELO
 $1,409,994
 Aug. 13
 American Airlines Center, Dallas (0/1)
 13,026 (13,659)