Hot Tours: Usher, Roger Waters, Kylie Minogue

Usher, nominated for eight 2011 Billboard Music Awards, puts on a show at Boardwark Hall Arena on May 6 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Usher, who has wrapped his OMG Tour- playing the last date on June 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles- tops the week's Hot Tours. Concert promoter AEG Live reported $16.4 million in ticket sales for the 21-city North American tour leg with a total of 242,629 tickets sold during the five-week span, April 27 through June 1. The top gross and attendance totals came from Toronto's Air Canada Centre with 15,984 fans in attendance for a sold out performance on May 14 grossing $1.2 million. The top-grossing U.S. arena among these 21 venues was Staples Center with ticket sales totaling just over $1 million from 12,614 sold seats.

Rock legend Roger Waters ranks No. 2 this week based on ticket sales totals from two U.K. venues on The Wall Live Tour that continues until mid-July. Reported by promoter 3A Entertainment of London, box office grosses from both venues topped £8 million ($13.2 million US$). Waters performed for six nights (May 11-12, 14-15, 17-18) at London's O2 Arena, generating £6.2 million in ticket sales revenue with 89,182 sold tickets. A two-night stint in Manchester (May 20-21) at the 21,000-seat Manchester Evening News Arena drew a crowd totaling 25,006 for both evenings, grossing £1.8 million during the run.

Australian pop star Kylie Minogue is third this week with grosses from three venues on her Aphrodite World Tour that has played Europe, Japan and North America since launching in February. Reported during the past week are multi-show runs during April at two U.K. venues as well as one of the U.S. dates she played during May. The arenas in England are the same two venues that hosted Roger Waters: O2 Arena in London and Manchester Evening News Arena. Minogue's concerts in Manchester were on April 1, 2, 4 & 5, followed by the five London shows on April 7, 8, 9, 11 & 12. The U.S. arena was BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. (Fort Lauderdale market) with a performance on May 7. The box office gross total for all 10 concerts included in this week's tally is $11.4 million. The tour has now moved on to Minogue's home country with June dates booked in five Australian markets.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
April 27-June 1
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
Amway Center, Orlando (1/1)
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte (1/1)
Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. (1/1)
Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. (1/1)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/1)
Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/1)
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh (1/1)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/1)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)
Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich. (1/1)
Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1)
Target Center, Minneapolis (1/1)
Qwest Center, Omaha, Neb. (1/1)
Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/1)
Rose Garden, Portland, Ore. (1/1)
Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)
HP Pavilion, San Jose (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/1)
242,629 (242,629)
May 11-21
O2 Arena, London (6/0)
Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, U.K. (2/0)
114,188 (115,244)
April 1-May 7
Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, U.K. (4/0)
O2 Arena, London (5/0)
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/0)
118,600 (119,941)
4 U2
May 29-June 1
Canad Inns Stadium, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/1)
Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta (1/1)
114,025 (114,025)
March 19-29
Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley, Australia (1/0)
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (2/0)
nib Stadium, Perth, Australia (1/0)
58,135 (59,028)
May 12-June 1
Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow, U.K. (1/1)
Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, U.K. (2/2)
Royal Albert Hall, London (11/11)
72,590 (72,590)
May 2-10
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia (1/0)
Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney (2/0)
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (2/0)
Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (2/0)
TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, New Zealand (1/0)
84,180 (90,484)
April 12-30
Hong Kong Int'l Trade & Exhibition Centre, Star Hall (2/0)
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia (1/0)
Wollongong Entertainment Center, Wollongong, Australia (1/0)
Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney (2/0)
Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (1/0)
30,895 (35,540)
May 4-7
O2 Arena, London (4/0)
33,813 (38,300)
March 31-April 4
O2 Arena, London (5/0)
59,619 (61,500)


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