Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has fallen just shy of landing atop the annual biggest earning tours of the year list after raking in over $25 million.
According to reports, music icon Paul McCartney's $40.6 million gave him enough to dominate the chart.
Paul McCartney dominates the final Hot Tours tally of the year, earning the No. 1 spot on the weekly recap with more than $40.6 million in ticket sales from the final leg of his Out There! tour. Following jaunts through North and South America and Europe earlier in the year, Sir Paul closed out his world tour with a six-show run through three cities in Japan during November. (Billboard)
Mr. West followed close behind with $25.2 million and snatched the No. 2 spot.
Kanye West lands at No. 2 in the ranking with sales reported from 18 dates on his fall trek through North American markets. The rapper's Yeezus tour began on Oct. 19 in Seattle and wrapped in Toronto with a two-night stand on Dec. 22 and 23. Ticket sales from 23 performances during the nine-week run total $25.2 million from 283,241 sold tickets. The top grosser was New York City's Madison Square Garden with more than $3 million in sales from 28,919 sold seats at shows on Nov. 23 and 24, but the top attendance count came from Toronto. The tour's final stop at the Air Canada Centre drew a combined total of 31,386 fans for both performances. The other two-show engagement that topped 30,000 in attendance occurred in West's hometown of Chicago. A total of 30,010 tickets were sold for the Yeezus tour at the Windy City's 25,000-seat arena, United Center on Dec. 17 and 18. (Billboard)
Coincidentally, some recent reports claimed Ye struggled to sell out a New Orleans venue.
His anonymity made for a curious contrast: Here was the star purposely setting aside his identity, in the midst of a massive production that was, of course, an enormous expression of his enormous vision/ego. It was far and away the most ambitious, and daring, hip-hop show I've ever witnessed; it was impossible not to watch, if only to see what would emerge next. Say what you will about Kanye West, but you can't accuse him of playing it safe. His show was as polarizing as he is. Not all fans have followed him down his latest path. Much of the New Orleans Arena's upper deck was empty on Thursday; a show several days ago in Kansas City reportedly drew only 4,500 people to an arena with more than three times as many seats. (NOLA)
According to published reports, Ye's early December Kansas City concert suffered from low attendance.
Kanye West's troubled-plagued tour continues with the latest stop on the Yeezus extravaganza filling only 4,500 of the over 19,000 seats in the Kansas City Sprint Center. Kim Kardashian's baby daddy has had to cancel multiple concerts on the tour for what he says are technical difficulties, and the Tuesday night show was a "thin turnout," according to the Kansas City Star. "West almost certainly could have filled the Sprint Center five years ago," the paper reported. "Tuesday's poor attendance indicates how his scandalous love life, frequent impolite pronouncements and his gradual shift away from conventional hip-hop have alienated many of his fans." (RadarOnline)
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