In yet another monumental achievement, Beyoncé has once again taken the crown as Billboard’s monthly Boxscore recap leader. According to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, the Renaissance World Tour has grossed an astonishing $121.9 million and sold an impressive 476,000 tickets across nine captivating shows in September. This achievement marks the third consecutive month in which Beyoncé has claimed the top spot and the fourth time overall, solidifying her status as one of the music industry’s most formidable live performers.
A Streak of Triumphs
This remarkable feat not only positions Beyoncé as a dominant figure in the contemporary music scene but also places her in elite company. Tying with Bad Bunny for the second-most top rankings since the charts’ inception in February 2019, Beyoncé stands only behind the legendary Elton John, who has an unmatched seven top tours to his name. Remarkably, while artists like Bad Bunny, The Rolling Stones, and others have achieved back-to-back wins, Beyoncé is the first to secure three consecutive top rankings.
Beyoncé’s reign extends beyond the top position; she has consistently exceeded the $100 million milestone for three consecutive months, with a spectacular all-time monthly record of $179.3 million in August. This extraordinary consistency sets a new standard in the industry and showcases her immense popularity and appeal.
In addition to dominating the monthly charts, Billboard has previously reported on the Renaissance World Tour’s historical significance. Beyoncé’s tour has emerged as the highest-grossing tour by a woman, a Black artist, and any American soloist in the Boxscore archives. Commencing on May 10 in Stockholm and culminating in a triumphant closing show in Kansas City, the tour achieved a staggering total gross of $579.8 million and sold 2.8 million tickets. It stands as the pinnacle of Beyoncé’s career and ranks as the seventh highest-grossing trek of all time.
September solidifies Beyoncé’s position at the summit of the music industry as she takes the No. 1 spot on Top Boxscores. In July, she reigned supreme with two shows at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, and in September, she continued to captivate audiences with three shows at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. These shows alone amassed a remarkable $45.5 million in revenue and sold 156,000 tickets.
Beyoncé’s Hometown Glory
Not only does Beyoncé dominate the nationwide scene, but she also follows herself at No. 2 with two hometown shows at Houston’s NRG Stadium. These shows, held on September 23-24, grossed a substantial $31.3 million and sold 123,000 tickets. The success of these hometown performances further exemplifies her unrivaled appeal and fan loyalty.
Empowering Female Artists
Beyoncé’s influence extends beyond her exceptional performances, as she is part of a growing movement of solo women artists who have reshaped the music industry’s top earners. In September, she is one of just three female artists featured in the Top Tours chart. P!nk follows at No. 6, generating $30.2 million from a series of North American stadium shows as part of the Summer Carnival tour. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga secures the No. 29 spot with $11.1 million from eight dates during her Jazz & Piano residency at MGM’s Dolby Live in Las Vegas.
Shaping the Landscape
These remarkable women artists, while representing just 10% of the acts on the chart, contribute significantly, accounting for 22% of the top 30’s combined earnings. A substantial portion of this can be attributed to Beyoncé’s monumental success.
RBD: Adding to the Diversity
Notably, the Mexican pop group RBD contributes to this transformation of the music industry’s top earners. Reuniting with five of its six original members, including three women and two men, RBD’s Soy Rebelde Tour has been a resounding success. Through October 1, the tour has earned an impressive $90.2 million, with $65.7 million coming from shows in October alone. This achievement surpasses the group’s entire concert revenues from 2005-08 before their reunion.
A Diverse Top Five
The top ranks of this month’s chart showcase remarkable diversity. Artists like Morgan Wallen, Drake, and Coldplay occupy the top five spots on Top Tours, adding country, rap, and rock to the mix of Latin pop and Beyoncé’s blend of pop, R&B, and dance music. Notably, this month marks the first time in 39 editions of the Top Tours chart that each of the top five acts represents a different genre.
A Canadian Spotlight
While Beyoncé’s earnings include revenue from her September 11 show in Vancouver, Morgan Wallen shines a spotlight on Canada with ten out of his 13 concerts held above the border. These Canadian shows made up an impressive 61% of his total monthly earnings, with standout performances in Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary.
Expansive Canadian Presence
The Canadian presence doesn’t stop with Beyoncé and Morgan Wallen. Coldplay secures the spotlight with $9.2 million from two shows in Vancouver. With ten other acts among September’s top 30 having played shows in Canada, the country’s music scene is thriving, boasting top-tier talent like Ed Sheeran, Guns N’ Roses, Lionel Richie, and Marco Antonio Solis.
Setting New Records
Beyoncé’s success is part of a larger trend in the music industry, as September’s overall figures are nothing short of record-breaking. For the first time since the charts’ inception, all 30 tours grossed more than $10 million. This exceptional feat surpasses the previous high mark set in June 2023, with 27 tours achieving this milestone.
Beyond the Top 30
The eight-figure earnings in September extend beyond the top 30. Notably, Fuerza Regida nearly makes the chart cutoff with $10.8 million. Other notable artists like Lana Del Rey, The Postal Service & Death Cab for Cutie, and blink-182 each earned more than $10 million, adding to the diversity and vibrancy of the music industry.
Live Nation’s Dominance
Taking a closer look at the big picture, Live Nation continues to reign as Top Promoters. With over 8.4 million tickets sold in September, this concert giant has reported grosses exceeding $1 billion for the first time, highlighting the enduring strength of the live music industry.
In conclusion, Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour, along with the contributions of other remarkable artists, has not only rewritten records but also reshaped the music industry’s landscape. With her consistent excellence and commitment to delivering unparalleled live performances, Beyoncé stands as a true icon in the world of music, leaving an indelible mark on the charts and the hearts of her devoted fans.