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Celine Dion’s Summer Tour Launch Tops Hot Tours Ranking

The launch of Celine Dion’s summer tour in Europe tops Billboard’s Hot Tours ranking of the week’s highest grossing tours (see list, below).

The 10-week trek is in support of her upcoming Encore Un Soir album, due in August. The tour kicked off with a two-night stint at the 20,000-seat Sportpaleis in Antwerp, with sellout crowds on June 20 and 21, followed by a nine-show stand at AccorHotels Arena in Paris from June 24 through July 9.

Combined, the 11 shows — all sellouts — sold 141,800 tickets and brought in $23.2 million.

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In Paris, the gross of $18.4 million from 110,052 sold seats made the nine-show run the fourth-highest-grossing concert engagement of 2016.

Dion will begin a 10-show run on July 31 at Montreal’s Bell Centre, the first of three venues booked in her home country through the end of August. She will follow the Montreal performances with five nights at Quebec City’s Centre Vidéotron and a final two concerts at the Amphithéâtre Cogeco in Trois-Rivières, also in Quebec.

After the summer tour wraps, she will return to her residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with 27 shows planned for the remainder of the year beginning on September 20. Since her first shows at the venue in March 2003, ticket sales from her Colosseum concerts total $560.5 million.

Meanwhile, country star Kenny Chesney adds $5.1 million in sales to his Spread the Love Tour’s overall gross, which has now topped the $40 million mark since beginning in April. Eight of the performances reported this year were stadium shows, including his July 16 concert at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, one of three dates in this week’s recap. He drew a crowd of 51,293 to the venue with sales hitting $3.8 million.

Chesney has played Arrowhead Stadium on each of his tours since 2011’s Goin’ Coastal trek. His personal best at the venue was set in 2015 at the Big Revival co-headlining event with Jason Aldean. The gross from his sold out performance last August registered $5.3 million with 57,368 fans in attendance.

  HOT TOURS – JULY 19, 2016
  Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported May July 12-18
   
Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
1 CELINE DION
  $23,171,366
  June 20-July 9
  Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (2/2)
  AccorHotels Arena, Paris (9/9)
  141,800 (141,800)
   
2 KENNY CHESNEY
  $5,189,418
  July 9-16
  Darling's Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, Maine (1/0)
  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/0)
  Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo. (1/0)
  80,105 (84,693)
   
3 BILLY JOEL
  $4,162,880
  July 9
  Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia (1/1)
  39,303 (39,303)
   
4 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND
  $4,103,898
  July 11-13
  AccorHotels Arena, Paris (2/2)
  35,344 (35,344)
   
5 DIXIE CHICKS
  $3,701,491
  July 8-13
  White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash. (1/0)
  Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Ridgefield, Wash. (1/0)
  Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif. (1/0)
  Toyota Amphitheatre, Wheatland, Calif. (1/0)
  61,715 (71,005)
   
6 ROD STEWART
  $3,091,804
  June 25-July 6
  Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Ireland (1/1)
  MEO Arena, Lisbon (1/1)
  36,222 (36,222)
   
7 KEITH URBAN
  $2,601,956
  June 23-July 3
  DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich. (1/0)
  CMAC Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, N.Y. (1/0)
  XFINITY Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/0)
  Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, N.H. (2/0)
  53,961 (66,194)
   
8 JAMES TAYLOR
  $1,512,441
  July 12-16
  Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/1)
  Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore. (1/1)
  Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash. (1/1)
  19,028 (19,028)
   
9 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
  $1,180,083
  June 30-July 13
  Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (2/0)
  Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0)
  18,447 (22,807)
   
10 LITTLE MIX
  $799,511
  July 2
  SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2/2)
  17,952 (17,952)