Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s On the Run II Tour tops the Hot Tours list dated Aug. 25 (see below), thanks to the latest batch of earnings reported to Billboard Boxscore for the couple’s successful trek. Their placement is fueled by recent engagements in Minneapolis, Detroit, and two sold-out shows for 86,000 fans at Chicago’s Soldier Field, which totaled $21.2 million in grosses.
With the addition of these four dates, Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s co-headline trek exceeds $150 million grossed, rising to a total of $150.7 million. Across 29 shows in Europe and the U.S., total attendance has reached 1.4 million. There are 19 dates left to report to Boxscore before the tour closes on Oct. 4 at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.
With another month and a half of dates still ahead for Beyoncé and JAY-Z, their tour is trending toward the $250 million mark. As implied by the tour’s name, it is the sequel to their original 2014 On the Run stint. The 2018 installment has already blown past its predecessor, which brought in $109.6 million.
The couple’s massive summer tour caps off a particularly fertile few years of their storied careers. They released a pair of complimentary albums, Beyoncé’s Lemonade in 2016 and JAY-Z’s 4:44 the following year. Combined, these two efforts yielded 21 entries on the Hot 100 and earned 3.5 million equivalent album units according to Nielsen Music. Together, they completed the trilogy with 2018’s Everything is Love, billed to The Carters. The joint album, released in the middle of their European leg, topped five Billboard charts dated June 30, 2018, including Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums, Top Rap Albums, and Digital Albums.
Elsewhere on the latest Hot Tours recap, country fans propel Kenny Chesney’s No. 4 appearance and Brad Paisley’s No. 7 entry. Grossing $7.5 million and $1.5 million, respectively, each artist brings more than 20 years of career-spanning hits to the stage. Both stars share their respective bills with rising stars of the genre, as Chesney is supported by Brandon Lay, Old Dominion, and Thomas Rhett, while Paisley hit the road with Kane Brown and Dan Tyminski. Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun tour enjoys a particularly significant milestone, as tour grosses cross the $100 million mark, according to Billboard Boxscore.
Check out the full top 10 of the Hot Tours tally below.
HOT TOURS – AUG. 25, 2018
Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Aug. 14-20
Show Date Range
Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 Beyoncé & JAY-Z
U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn. (1/1)
Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill. (2/2)
Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. (1/1)
2 Taylor Swift
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa. (1/1)
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. (1/1)
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla. (1/1)
3 Justin Timberlake
Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark (2/2)
Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany (2/2)
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany (2/2)
4 Kenny Chesney
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, Maine (0/1)
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (1/1)
5 Bruno Mars
The Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev. (2/3)
6 Britney Spears
The Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev. (1/2)
7 Brad Paisley
June 28-Aug. 10
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich. (1/1)
Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. (1/1)
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y. (1/1)
8 Jeff Lynne’s ELO
Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif. (0/1)
9 Alanis Morissette
Eventim Apollo, London, England (0/2)
10 Jill Scott
The Theater aty MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Md. (0/2)