It’s been a (relative) while, but Drake dropping new music means he’s back on top, with two recent singles – “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” – putting the superstar rapper at No. 1 on the chart despite nearly zero album sales.
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Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Drake toured Europe and Australia thisin 2017 and, while not quite as big as his monster 2016, he still landed at No. 34 on Pollstar’s 2017 Year End Top 100 Worldwide Tours chart, with $55.9 million grossed.
Close behind, at No. 2 on The Elite 100 Artists Chart this week, is Fall Out Boy, which released new album M.A.N.I.A. and announced a major tour that launches Aug. 29 in Uniondale, N.Y., at NYCB Live home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The trek also takes in venues including Mohegan Sun Arena, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Amway Center in Orlando, Spring Center in Kansas City and others. There’s also a special hometown show at Wrigley Field.
Also on this week’s chart is Def Leppard, at No. 11, who just recently got its hit-heavy back catalog added to the major streaming services following a dispute with its former label. The band also just announced a monster co-headline tour with Journey including 10 stadiums.
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Def Leppard at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany, May 28, 2015.
Lanco, on tour with Chris Young, just released its debut album, putting the country group at No. 40 on the chart. The package tour also includes the red-hot Kane Brown. Concerts West Co-CEO John Meglen talked to Pollstar about putting the tour together and WME agent Rob Beckham said the bill was a matter of one-plus-one-plus-one equals 5.
With the Grammys just taking place Sunday, the big winners of the night such as Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar and performers including Kesha will likely get a boost on next week’s chart.
Another to keep an eye on is Justin Timberlake, who is set to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis when the always tough New England Patriots take on the resurgent Philadelphia Eagles.
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Lil Uzi Vert plays Power 99 Powerhouse at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Oct. 27.
Another who may see a Grammy boost is Lil Uzi Vert, who, while not winning the award for best new artist, did make a splash with an amusing red carpet video at the event.
He’s also been on the road, recently selling out two nights at Boston’s House of Blues with Playboi Carti co-headlining Dec. 20-21 – good for a gross of $221,810. Both are represented by Paradigm’s Erin Larsen.