Lil Wayne 2008-2009 Tours Gross $42 Million
The final numbers are in for Lil Wayne‘s 2008-2009 North American touring, and it looks like the rapper will have the highest grossing hip-hop tour of the year — and the most lucrative rap jaunt that Billboard has ever tracked.
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.”