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Travis Scott Joins New Class Of Hip Hop Headliners With Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour

Travis Scott impacts the Hot Tours recap dated March 9, 2019 at No. 2, marking his third consecutive week in the top 5.

Travis Scott impacts the Hot Tours recap dated March 9, 2019 at No. 2, marking his third consecutive week in the top 5. From 10 new reports submitted to Billboard Boxscore, Scott adds $10.6 million to the Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour total. Since launching the trek on Nov. 8, 2018 in Baltimore, Md., the Houston rapper has grossed $34.3 million and sold 485,659 tickets across the tour’s first 32 dates.

The Astroworld Tour is Scott’s first headlining run in arenas, following opening stints with The Weeknd (2015), Rihanna (2016), and Kendrick Lamar (2017). Now the ringleader of his own circus, Scott joins a new class of hip hop headliners, after Post Malone and Childish Gambino similarly graduated to arena status in 2018. As hip hop continues to penetrate the overall pop consciousness and dominate the modern streaming landscape, the genre’s leaders continue to build as money-makers on the road.

Scott, Post, and Gambino follow J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, and Lamar, each of whom respectively celebrated their first arena headline tour in recent years.

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When comparing Scott’s ongoing North American tour to long-finished 2017 and 2018 treks, the Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour is already in good standing. His $34.3 million gross has passed J. Cole ($25.2 million), Post Malone ($20.9 million), Future ($19.9 million), Childish Gambino ($19.5 million), and Chance the Rapper ($17 million). Only Lamar’s The DAMN. Tour brought in more money in North America, having grossed $40.7 million. All sums are reported totals to Billboard Boxscore.

Scott still has 21 shows left to report before closing in Tulsa, Okla. on March 26, leaving him plenty of time to cement himself as the (or at least, a) leader of the newest generation of arena rappers. He’s on target to pass the $50 million barrier, which wouldn’t only put him at the top of his freshman class but would allow him to flirt with the genre’s legends. The most recent solo headlining tours by Jay-Z and Kanye West grossed $48.7 million and $52.8 million, respectively (notably, West’s Saint Pablo Tour canceled over a month of dates).

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The fast-growing presence of rappers on national (and in some cases, global) arena calendars is unlikely to slow down. Consider that while these six of these rappers have debuted as headliners since 2017, a flashback to a decade ago leaves only Jay-Z, West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem as rappers powerful enough to pack an arena, and even they weren’t touring as frequently as the new class. The frequency at which hip hop acts release new music in the streaming age likely means they will stay out on the road longer (and package with smaller acts, introducing a future class of rap stars to sold-out audiences).

Elsewhere on this week’s recap, Backstreet Boys near the end of their Las Vegas residency, while Elton John and Bob Seger continue their farewell jaunts. See below for the full list.

  HOT TOURS – MARCH 9, 2019
  Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Feb. 26 – March 4
   
  ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
RANK  
1 Elton John
  $23,423,463
  Feb. 1 – 27
  The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (2/2)
  Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo. (2/2)
  BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
  CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. (1/1)
  Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
  Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (2/2)
  Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn. (2/2)
  U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio (1/1)
  171,317 (171,317)
   
2 Travis Scott
  $10,643,071
  Dec. 4 – Feb. 8
  Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (1/1)
  Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich. (1/1)
  United Center, Chicago, Ill. (1/1)
  Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn. (1/1)
  CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. (0/1)
  Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo. (0/1)
  Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)
  Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Ariz. (1/1)
  Moda Center, Portland, Ore. (1/1)
  The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/1)
  150,622 (155,031)
   
3 Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
  $9,967,834
  Dec. 6 – 22
  Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (1/1)
  KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (0/1)
  Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (0/1)
  Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (0/1)
  Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C. (1/1)
  Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Ga. (0/1)
  86,092 (86,859)
   
4 Michael Buble
  $6,782,517
  Feb. 16 – March 1
  Amway Center, Orlando, Fla. (1/1)
  Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)
  DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (1/1)
  KeyBank Center, Buffalo, N.Y. (1/1)
  Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich. (1/1)
  54,708 (54,708)
   
5 Metallica
  $6,210,390
  Dec. 5 – 9
  Moda Center, Portland, Ore. (1/1)
  Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)
  Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/1)
  49,718 (49,718)
   
6 James Taylor
  $5,181,876
  Feb. 10 – March 2
  Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola, Fla. (1/1)
  BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo, Miss. (1/1)
  BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (0/1)
  Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio (1/1)
  Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky. (1/1)
  PPL Center, Allentown, Pa. (1/1)
  Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. (1/1)
  55,370 (55,724)
   
7 Roger Waters
  $4,364,480
  Dec. 4 – 9
  Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Mexico (0/2)
  Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico (0/2)
  42,119 (45,146)
   
8 Backstreet Boys
  $4,350,744
  Feb. 6 – 23
  Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas (0/3)
  Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas (1/3)
  Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas (0/3)
  30,416 (36,977)
   
9 Luis Miguel
  $4,348,295
  Dec. 4 – 18
  Coliseo Puebla, Puebla, Mexico (0/1)
  Auditorio Citibanamex, Monterrey, Mexico (4/4)
  Expoforum, Hermosillo, Mexico (0/1)
  38,939 (41,440)
   
10 Childish Gambino
  $3,556,593
  Dec. 4 – 15
  Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo. (0/1)
  Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia (0/1)
  SAP Center, San Jose, Calif. (0/1)
  Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (0/1)
  44,800 (49,038)