2019 American Music Awards

Donald Trump Says He Draws 'Bigger Crowds' than Jay Z and Beyonce, PolitiFact Proves Him Wrong

Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage
Beyoncé and Jay-Z perform on stage during closing night of 'The Formation World Tour' at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 7, 2016 in East Rutherford, N.J.

Donald Trump pulls a bigger crowd than Beyonce and Jay Z, right? Wrong. 

The Republican presidential candidate’s claim to outdraw Queen Bey and her beau is a slice of fantasy, according to PolitiFact (with a little help from Billboard’s touring data). 

The Pulitzer-winning fact-checker crunched Billboard’s Boxscore numbers after Trump boasted at a rally Monday (Nov. 7) that he’s a bigger drawcard than the musical power couple -- who just happen to be champions of Hillary Clinton and her bid for the White House. 

"Beyonce and Jay Z, I like them, I like them," Trump told onlookers in Raleigh, N.C. "And you know what they do? I get bigger crowds than they do. It's true. I get far bigger crowds."

It’s just not correct, notes PolitiFact. Not even close. 

Based on a sample of three Trump rallies (Oklahoma, Dallas and Mobile, Alabama), and taken on his own word, the presidential hopeful gathers an average crowd of 27,000. 

“That’s a good draw,” notes the media organization. “But it’s not Jay Z/Beyonce level.”

The proof is in the data. Jay Z and Beyonce’s 2014 On The Run tour played 16 shows across North America and one in Paris, generating $100 million at the box office and reporting an average attendance of 45,700. 

Need more evidence? Beyonce’s recently-completed Formation tour made $210 million, featured 49 sold-out shows across North America and Europe and drew an average crowd of more than 45,400.

“To fully vet this bizarre claim,” explains PolitiFact, “it’s worth noting that Trump’s rallies are free. Tickets to Beyonce in the swing state of Florida cost $40-$275 this year. Based on the latest Billboard numbers, Trump draws crowds similar to Phish.”

Read the report here


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.