Drake & Future take their Summer Sixteen Tour to No. 1 on the latest recap of Hot Tours (see list below) based on $6.9 million in sales from the hip-hop stars' co-headlining trek through North America. Concerts at arenas in three cities on the three-month run land on this tally with sellouts reported at each performance.
The first of the three dates, a late-August stint at Atlanta's Philips Arena, drew a total of 28,864 fans for two concerts with a $3.1 million box office take. The engagement is the top grosser among the arena's summer concerts that included performances by AC/DC, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas and Pitbull among others.
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas reported a sold ticket count of 15,142 for the tour's Sept. 11 event that topped $2 million in sales, ranking Drake & Future fifth among the highest-grossing headliners at the venue from May through September. Touring heavyweights George Strait, Garth Brooks, Barbra Streisand and Coldplay head up that list that also includes the Dixie Chicks, Gwen Stefani and Slipknot among their summer draws. Finally, the Tacoma Dome in the metropolitan Seattle area reported $1.7 million in revenue for a Sept. 16 concert with a capacity crowd of 18,120 in attendance.
The Summer Sixteen jaunt, originally set to wrap for the year on Oct. 15 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., had to be postponed in the final week when Drake suffered an ankle injury, but the artist recently announced that he is planning to mount a new tour in January, an arena trek through Europe during the first quarter of the year.
Country star Blake Shelton follows in the second slot on the Hot Tours roundup with $6.5 million in ticket sales reported from six arenas on the his fall tour. The kickoff was a sold out two-night stand in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sept. 9 and 10 with 22,139 sold seats and $1.5 million in revenue, but the event was the first of two double-show engagements. He also played two nights at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. on Sept. 16 and 17. The attendance count was 968 seats less than the opening weekend, but the St. Paul gross topped the Oklahoma City counts by $119,946.
HOT TOURS - OCTOBER 11, 2016 Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported Oct. 4-10 RankACT Total Gross Show Date Range Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts) Total Attendance (Capacity) 1DRAKE & FUTURE $6,944,891 Aug. 25-Sept. 16 Philips Arena, Atlanta (2/2) T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (1/1) Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash. (1/1) 62,126 (62,126) 2BLAKE SHELTON $6,554,930 Sept. 9-Oct. 1 Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (2/2) Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Ill. (1/1) Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (2/2) Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. (1/1) Fargodome, Fargo, N.D. (1/1) TD Garden, Boston (1/1) 88,979 (88,979) 3ROGER WATERS $6,465,277 Sept. 28-29 Foro Sol, Mexico City (2/2) 118,594 (118,594) 4PAUL MCCARTNEY $4,270,782 Aug. 9-10 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (2/2) 27,288 (27,288) 5BRAD PAISLEY $3,475,043 Sept. 10-23 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/0) XFINITY Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/0) Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1/0) PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte (1/0) Coastal Credit Union Music Park, Raleigh, N.C. (1/0) Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, Va. (1/0) Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (1/0) 102,959 (137,000) 6ALEJANDRO FERNÁNDEZ $3,145,988 Sept. 8-15 Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (3/0) MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/0) 37,668 (41,859) 7SCORPIONS $2,915,913 Sept. 1-15 Citibank Hall, São Paulo, Brazil (3/0) Arena do CFO, Fortaleza, Brazil (1/0) Metropolitan, Rio de Janeiro (1/0) Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires (1/0) 37,860 (52,517) 8KANYE WEST $2,429,081 Sept. 12-24 Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1) Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1) 34,222 (34,222) 9MANÁ $1,819,338 Sept. 16 MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/0) 13,160 (13,316) 10WHITESNAKE $1,711,166 Sept. 9-25 Pepsi Center WTC, Mexico City (1/0) Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires (1/0) La Plaza de la Musica, Cordoba, Argentina (1/0) Pepsi On Stage, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1/0) Citibank Hall, São Paulo, Brazil (2/0) Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1/0) 29,007 (48,797)