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Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour Has Earned $17 Million… And Counting

Taylor Swift heads up this week's slate of Hot Tours (see list, below), earning the No. 1 ranking with the first U.S. box office grosses reported from her 1989 World Tour.

Taylor Swift heads up this week’s slate of Hot Tours (see list, below), earning the No. 1 ranking with the first U.S. box office grosses reported from her 1989 World Tour. With both arenas and stadiums in the mix, the pop star kicked off the first North American leg of her seven-month trek with a sellout at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, La., on May 20. Arena dates in Louisville and Cleveland also land on the tally along with two stadium performances: a May 30 concert at Detroit’s Ford Field and a show in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on June 6. Ticket sales from all five performances total $16.8 million from 149,708 sold seats. (Not yet reported: Her Asian tour dates and the Baton Rouge, La., stop in May.)


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Country headliner Kenny Chesney scores the second position on Hot Tours with $11.1 million in revenue from his Big Revival tour that launched in late March. During the past week, five performances were reported to Billboard Boxscore including two stadium shows. The first one on May 30, also at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, featured Eric Church heading a list of opening acts that included Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice and Old Dominion. The following weekend, Miranda Lambert topped the list of openers for Chesney’s June 6 event at Soldier Field in Chicago. Since kicking off in Nashville on March 26, the Big Revival tour has grossed $37.6 million with 483,556 fans in attendance at 27 shows.

Following at No. 3 in the weekly roundup is U2 with its second consecutive appearance on Hot Tours since launching the Innocence + Experience tour on May 14. A five-show engagement in the Los Angeles market added $9.8 million to the tour’s overall box office take that already totals $22 million after 11 shows at only four venues. L.A. fans saw the band at the Forum in Inglewood during performances on May 26, 27, 30, 31 and June 3, producing a total sold ticket count of 83,505 during the run.

One Direction, Billboard’s top-grossing touring artist of 2014, lands at No. 4 in this Hot Tours recap with $8.8 million in sales from the first European stadium on the pop group’s On the Road Again tour that began in February. Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales hosted the quartet on June 5 and 6 with 112,028 fans in attendance during the run. The shows marked the only U.K. appearance this summer during the tour’s first European leg, but following a two-month North American trek, One Direction will return to the U.K. in late-September for an eight-city stint.

  HOT TOURS – June 10, 2015
  Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported June 3-9
Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
  May 20-June 6
  CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, La. (1/1)
  Ford Field, Detroit (1/1)
  KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
  Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/1)
  Heinz Field, Pittsburgh (1/1)
  149,708 (149,708)
  May 27-June 6
  Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md. (1/1)
  PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C. (1/0)
  Heinz Field, Pittsburgh (1/1)
  Ford Center, Evansville, Ind. (1/1)
  Soldier Field, Chicago (1/0)
  136,623 (143,335)
3 U2
  May 26-June 3
  The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (5/5)
  83,505 (83,505)
  June 5-6
  Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, U.K. (2/2)
  112,028 (112,028)
  May 5-30
  Ericsson Globe, Stockholm (1/0)
  Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden (1/0)
  Forum, Copenhagen (1/0)
  Gigantium, Aalborg, Denmark (1/0)
  Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning, Denmark (1/0)
  Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/0)
  Geneva Arena, Geneva, Switzerland (1/0)
  O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic (1/0)
  Kraków Arena, Kraków, Poland (1/0)
  Atlas Arena, Lódz, Poland (1/0)
  Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland (1/0)
  52,750 (72,572)
  May 23-24
  O2 Arena, London (2/0)
  31,146 (31,422)
  May 3-7
  O2 Arena, London (4/0)
  54,650 (64,654)
  March 22-23
  O2 Arena, London (2/0)
  29,416 (32,631)
  May 22-30
  Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (5/0)
  Auditorio Telmex, Guadalajara, Mexico (2/0)
  Auditorio Banamex, Monterrey, Mexico (2/0)
  57,359 (91,775)
  April 15-16
  O2 Arena, London (2/0)
  23,401 (25,684)