Stevie Wonder's Song Party Concert Series Makes a Splash On Hot Tours Roundup

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Stevie Wonder performs on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Jan. 11, 2017.

Nearly sixty years into his historic career, Stevie Wonder continues to thrill audiences as he impacts the Hot Tours recap (see below) dated Sept. 22, 2018 at No. 3. From seven shows at MGM-owned venues in Las Vegas and Oxon, Md., Wonder grossed $4.2 million in August 2018, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

That gross is split between five shows at The Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and two shows at Maryland’s The Theater at MGM National Harbor, one of which sold out. Live Nation promoted all seven dates, part of Wonder’s Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love, and Music. The trek also included two dates in Atlantic City and one final date in Springfield, Mass., yet to be reported.

These shows mark a return to the road for the elusive Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Despite being wildly prolific throughout his career, Wonder has only toured once this decade, on the 2014-2015 trek celebrating his Grammy-winning 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life. On Billboard’s recent 60th anniversary recap of the Hot 100, Wonder was No. 6 among all artists, and third among solo male artists.

Pepe Aguilar also shares a handful of dates, reporting the first leg of the Jaripeo Sin Fronteras tour. Aguilar’s tour is largely a family affair, with brother Antonio Aguilar, hijo and children Leonardo and Angela on the bill, in addition to Christian Nodal. The first five dates grossed $3.6 million. The tour will resume in San Antonio on Nov. 10 and play through Nov. 25, closing at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

Elsewhere on the recap, we get our first glimpse at Drake’s Aubrey and the Three Migos Tour, Queens of the Stone Age tour through Australia, and Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas residency heads towards a close. Check out the full Hot Tours tally below.  

 HOT TOURS - SEPT. 22, 2018
 Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Sept. 11 - 17
  
 ACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
RANK 
1Ed Sheeran
 $9,382,550
 Sept. 14-15, 2018
 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. (2/2)
 110,238 (110,238)
  
2Jennifer Lopez
 $6,350,159
 Sept. 2-15, 2018
 Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas (3/4)
 Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas (1/3)
 30,279 (31,851)
  
3Stevie Wonder
 $4,198,130
 Aug. 3-30, 2018
 The Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, Las Vegas (0/5)
 The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Md. (1/2)
 26,888 (31,278)
  
4Pepe Aguilar
 $3,580,423
 Aug. 17-Sept. 2, 2018
 Pepsi Center, Denver (0/1)
 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1)
 El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas (1/1)
 Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. (1/1)
 Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (0/1)
 37,783 (38,765)
  
5Drake
 $2,939,950
 Sept. 4-5, 2018
 Bell Centre, Montreal (0/2)
 30,444 (33,016)
  
6Cher
 $1,800,067
 Aug. 4-12, 2018
 The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Md. (0/3)
 The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Md. (0/3)
 13,604 (15,329)
  
7Thomas Rhett
 $1,327,493
 Sept. 14-15, 2018
 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (2/2)
 14,117 (14,117)
  
8Keith Urban
 $1,304,865
 Sept. 7-8, 2018
 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/2)
 13,117 (13,181)
  
9Donny & Marie
 $644,789
 Aug. 28-Sept. 15, 2018
 The Showroom at the Flamingo (0/5)
 The Showroom at the Flamingo (0/5)
 The Showroom at the Flamingo (0/5)
 7,424 (10,849)
  
10Queens of the Stone Age
 $620,775
 Sept. 1-12, 2018
 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (0/1)
 RAC Arena, Perth, Australia (0/1)
 8,795 (9,114)