Kanye West Leads New Hot Tours Ranking

Kanye West takes the No. 1 ranking on Billboard’s weekly Hot Tours based on $24.6 million in ticket sales reported from his shows through North American. The 18-week tour that stems from his recent album The Life of Pablo, his most recent album continues through the remainder of the year.

The tour launched with a performance on Aug. 25 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the first of 26 shows that have been reported so far by Live Nation. As of the end of October, overall grosses had reached $35 million, but with 62 concerts booked through the end of 2016, the Saint Pablo tour could hit the $80 million mark before wrapping with a final two-night New Year’s run at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The highest-grossing engagement was a six-night stint at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., that logged more than $8.2 million at the box office. More than 97,000 fans saw the rapper during the Los Angeles-area run that kicked off on Oct. 25 and ended with an abrupt stop on Nov. 3 due to throat problems.

The Forum stop is the tour’s longest multiple-show run and the only one to prolong to six nights, but double-show dates came in four other markets: Miami, Toronto, Oakland and New York City. Another two-night stand is booked in Philadelphia on Dec. 13 and 15 followed by a return to New York for the Brooklyn finale on Dec. 30 and 31.



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