Lil Wayne's I Am Still Music tour was one of the country's most successful tours raking in $47 million. The rapper, who also holds the highest selling hip hop album of the year with Tha Carter IV, spent 2011 touring three continents, performing in 78 venues and selling 32,000 tickets in Chicago; 27,000 in Buffalo, New York; and 28,000 tickets in both Philadelphia and Dallas.
"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," says 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. In 2012 we plan to build on this international success and tour Europe and South America to further expand his global reach."
This milestone is just the latest in a string of successes for Lil Wayne. Tha Carter IV went double platinum three months after its release and the Young Money CEO was named the top R&B/hip hop artist of the year by Billboard magazine.
It'll be interesting to see what the numbers are for Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne tour when it ends Dec. 18.
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