English pop star Olly Murs heads up the list of top-grossing touring artists in the weekly ranking of Hot Tours (see list below) based on sold ticket revenue reported during the past week. The singer earned £11 million (U.S. $14 million) from the sold out first leg of his 2017 tour, which was attended by nearly a quarter-million fans at 24 shows.
During a five-week stretch beginning on March 3, he performed at arenas in 13 cities in the U.K. and Ireland, nine of which hosted the tour for more than one performance. London's O2 Arena and Genting Arena in Birmingham both offered concerts on three consecutive nights.
Murs will return to the road this summer for a second sweep through U.K. markets from June through the end of August. Instead of arenas, his summer dates are booked primarily in outdoor venues and concert sites. The singer's 2017 tour supports his fifth studio album 24 HRS that was released through Epic Records last November. The set debuted atop the Official U.K. Albums Chart, giving Murs his fourth consecutive No. 1.
Following Murs in the second slot on the Hot Tours recap is Metallica with a $9.7 million gross from a three-show stint at Mexico City's Foro Sol stadium. With sellout crowds present on March 1, 3 and 5, the veteran metal band logged an overall attendance total of 197,745, the highest sold ticket count ever reported for a solo headliner at the venue, based on Boxscores reported to Billboard since 1990. The event tops Coldplay's three-show attendance record set last year by 2,553 tickets.
Metallica is currently on a brief break from its WorldWired Tour that has already included concerts in Asia and Europe this year in addition to Latin America. However, a 14-week stadium run through North America is set to kick off on May 10 in Baltimore and wrap on Aug. 16 in Edmonton. Later this year, the band will head to Europe with a slate of fall arena dates planned through early November.
Finally, superstar country duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill land the No. 4 slot in the tally with the first two concerts reported from the couple's Soul2Soul World Tour that launched on April 7. Ticket sales from the first two arenas topped $2 million from 23,282 sold seats. The 2017 tour marks the couple's third stint on the road in North America as co-headliners and their first tour together stateside in ten years.
The first Soul2Soul Tour in 2000 included 65 shows during a five-month span, drawing almost one million fans and grossing $48 million. It was the top-grossing country tour that year and ranked fifth among tours of all genres. The Soul2Soul II Tour began in the spring of 2006 and continued through the summer of 2007, grossing more than $141 million at 188 shows from 1.6 million sold tickets. The couple also took their Soul2Soul show to the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas in 2012 for a residency that ran through the spring of 2014.
HOT TOURS - April 18, 2017 Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported April 11-17 RankACT Total Gross Show Date Range Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts) Total Attendance (Capacity) 1OLLY MURS $14,202,692 March 3-April 5 SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (2/2) Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England (2/2) First Direct Arena, Leeds, England (1/1) Sheffield (England) Arena (2/2) Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England (2/2) Echo Arena, Liverpool, England (1/1) Manchester (England) Arena (2/2) Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales (2/2) Genting Arena, Birmingham, England (3/3) Bournemouth (England) International Centre (1/1) O2 Arena, London (3/3) 3Arena, Dublin (1/1) SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2/2) 237,583 (237,583) 2METALLICA $9,744,945 March 1-5 Foro Sol, Mexico City (3/3) 197,745 (197,745) 3ERIC CHURCH $3,146,659 April 4-8 Casper (Wyo.) Events Center (1/1) Pepsi Center, Denver (1/1) INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/1) CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. (1/1) 53,086 (53,086) 4TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL $2,009,967 April 7-9 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans (1/1) BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo, Miss. (1/1) 23,282 (23,282) 5DRAKE $1,730,890 March 22-23 SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (2/0) 18,925 (20,626) 6ÚNETE A LA FIESTA $1,573,913 March 10-31 Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (3/0) Auditorio Telmex, Guadalajara, Mexico (1/0) Poliforum, León, Mexico (1/0) 36,148 (40,386) 7MARC ANTHONY $1,472,378 April 8-9 Grand Theater at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Conn. (1/0) Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/1) 13,852 (15,438) 8JOHN MAYER $1,413,563 April 5 Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1) 14,793 (14,793) 9ELTON JOHN & JAMES TAYLOR $1,353,590 March 31 Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Curitiba, Brazil (1/0) 11,379 (19,150) 10PAUL CARRACK $1,272,463 Feb. 3-March 25 Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (1/1) Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland (1/1) Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (2/2) Barbican Centre, York, England (1/1) Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, England (1/0) St. David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales (1/1) Rhyl (Wales) Pavilion Theatre (1/0) Sage, Gateshead, England (1/1) Sheffield (England) Arena (1/0) Bournemouth (England) International Centre (1/0) Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, England (1/1) Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England (1/1) Victoria Theatre, Halifax, England (1/0) Derngate, Northampton, England (1/1) Regent Theatre, Ipswich, England (1/0) The Anvil, Basingstoke, England (1/1) Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (2/0) Hippodrome, Bristol, England (1/0) G Live, Guildford, England (1/1) Brighton (England) Centre (1/0) Palladium, London (1/0) 33,799 (35,196)