NUMBER OF SHOWS (AND SELLOUTS): On Drake’s first headlining tour, he toured for seven months, playing arenas, amphitheaters, theaters, and colleges. Largely an untested live act, he played two consecutive nights at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall, selling both shows out completely. Upon his return in 2013, he sold out another two performances, this time graduating to two arenas (Prudential Center, Newark, N.J., and Barclays Center, Brooklyn). For his co-headline tour with Future in 2016, they upped the ante and sold out four shows at Madison Square Garden. And as stated above, Drake sold out all seven shows for his 2018 tour, four at MSG and three at Barclays.
TICKETS SOLD: Selling out two shows at Radio City Music Hall is no humble beginning, but Drake’s reach in New York City has ballooned since his debut run in 2010.
Away From Home Tour, 2010: 11,188 tickets sold
Would You Like a Tour?, 2013: 26,992 tickets sold (up 127 percent)
Summer Sixteen Tour, 2016: 58,085 tickets sold (up 115 percent)
Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour, 2018: 114,720 tickets sold (up 97 percent)
GROSS: More tickets sold means more revenue. Over the course of eight years, Drake has gone from a hedged bet playing multiple theater shows to a guaranteed arena winner.
Away From Home Tour, 2010: $761,113 gross
Would You Like a Tour?, 2013: $2,459,196 gross (up 223 percent)
Summer Sixteen Tour, 2016: $6,804,352 gross (up 177 percent)
Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour, 2018: $14,643,576 (up 115 percent)
Growing from two theater shows to seven sold-out arena dates, from 11,000 tickets to 115,000 and from $750,000 to nearly $15 million, Drake has transformed into one of the predominant touring rap acts of the decade.
The Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour is scheduled to play through Nov. 18, 2018, closing with three shows at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena.