Paul McCartney's excellent New year just got even better: The former Beatle has earned the Number One spot on Billboard's final Hot Tours ranking of 2013, racking up $40.6 million in ticket sales from the final six shows of his Out There! tour.
As Billboard reports, the tour's final leg took place in Japan, where McCartney hadn't performed in 11 years. The Japanese stint (which followed treks in North and South America, as well as Europe) featured two nights of performances in Osaka on November 11th and 12th; those shows, held at the 50,000-seater Kyocera Dome, sold over 71,000 tickets total. The final dates (November 18th, 19th, and 21st at the Tokyo Dome) marked the former Beatle's first gigs in that city since 2002; all three shows were sell-outs, earning a total of $23.4 million.
Of course, McCartney made also a killing the rest of the year: In total, he grossed $105.8 million worldwide. Though McCartney may have dominated the touring circuit in 2013 (and earned Number Four on Rolling Stone's year-end album list with his latest LP, New), he proved earlier this month that he's not above scrambling for a free NBA T-shirt.
Overall, he basically demolished the competition in Billboard's final Hot Tours ranking. Coming in at Number Two on the list is rapper Kanye West, who racked up $25.2 million from the final leg of his Yeezus tour (which kicked off October 19th and concluded on December 23rd). While West drew his biggest crowds at a two-night stint in Toronto, his biggest gross came from a $3 million performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Rounding out Billboard's eclectic list are Alejandro Fernandez, Justin Bieber, Muse, Alicia Keys, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Zac Brown Band, John Mayer and Eason Chan.Paul McCartney, Kanye West Top Billboard's 'Hot Tours' Tally
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