Lil Wayne Scores Highest Earning Hip Hop Tour Ever
Seventy-eight Lil Wayne headlining arena and amphitheater concerts in North America from Dec. 14, 2008, through Sept. 6, 2009, grossed approximately $42 million and drew nearly 804,000 fans, according to Lil Wayne tour producer and tour business manager Shawn Gee, who also serves as president of music and entertainment at Sports & Entertainment Financial Group.
“It’s definitely one of the biggest in the last couple of years,” Gee tells Billboard.com, noting that Haymon Events/Live Nation was the exclusive tour promoter for all of the shows.
“Our plan was to prove that Wayne was a viable headlining arena artist.”
Jay-Z’s trek with Mary J. Blige last year came in at number 2 grossing a bit more than half of Weezy’s earnings, raking in $22.7 million with only 23 shows–a little over a third of Wayne’s entire tour.
Kanye West’s 2008 Glow In the Dark tour comes in third, having pulled in $30.8 million from 49 concerts that attracted 507,853 fans.
Other “lucrative hip-hop tours in recent years include 2005′s Eminem/50 Cent Anger Management tour, which grossed $22.7 million from 23 shows; and a 50 Cent tour in 2003 that rang up nearly $23 million in ticket sales, much of it co-headlining with Jay-Z on the Roc-the-Mic tour, according to Boxscore.”