Lil Wayne's "I Am Still Music" Tour Grosses $47 Million Domestically
After scoring the highest-selling Hip Hop album of the year with Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne has also lodged one of the most successful tours of 2011 with his “I Am Still Music” tour.
The Young Money leader, who performed in 78 venues across three continents (North America, Africa and Australia), grossed $47 million with the tour. Feats included selling 32,000 tickets in Chicago, Illinois, 27,000 tickets in Buffalo, New York and 28,000 tickets in both Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Dallas, Texas.
“For so many years, critics have claimed that hip hop tours would never be successful. Lil Wayne has put the nail in the coffin of that idea,” says Cortez Bryant, Wayne’s manager and president of Blueprint Group. “2011 has seen Lil Wayne further cement his status as a headline arena artist in the US & Canada. The I Am Still Music run exceeded our own expectations. The amount of tickets he sold in both primary and secondary markets across the country was phenomenal and we are now focusing on the expansion of his global success.”
“One of our goals for Wayne’s touring business at the start of this cycle was to expand his reach outside of North America. We feel there is a huge opportunity to build Wayne into a true global touring force,” adds Shawn Gee, Wayne’s tour manager. “We recently completed a string of dates in Australia and South Africa where Wayne played in stadiums, with Eminem, in Melbourne in front of 65,000 fans and arenas in Johannesburg and Capetown.Â In 2012 we plan to build on this international success and tour Europe and South America to further expand his global reach.”