Lil Wayne's "I Am Still Music" Tour Grosses $47 Million Domestically

Weezy caps a successful year with one of the country's most lucrative tours.

After scoring the highest-selling Hip Hop album of the year with Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne has also lodged one of the most successful tours of 2011 with his “I Am Still Music” tour.

The Young Money leader, who performed in 78 venues across three continents (North America, Africa and Australia), grossed $47 million with the tour. Feats included selling 32,000 tickets in Chicago, Illinois, 27,000 tickets in Buffalo, New York and 28,000 tickets in both Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Dallas, Texas.

“For so many years, critics have claimed that hip hop tours would never be successful. Lil Wayne has put the nail in the coffin of that idea,” says Cortez Bryant, Wayne’s manager and president of Blueprint Group. “2011 has seen Lil Wayne further cement his status as a headline arena artist in the US & Canada. The I Am Still Music run exceeded our own expectations. The amount of tickets he sold in both primary and secondary markets across the country was phenomenal and we are now focusing on the expansion of his global success.”

“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,” adds 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.”

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49 Comments

  • TEXAS

    2012 IS THE END FOR CASH MONEY

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    wow just look at the lame ass comments it this was the WTT tour you fools will be up jumping for joy fucking lames

    • Derrick

      90+ shows ( 78 venues, but he did some 3 or 4 times/over 18 months) divided by 78 million is like 522,000 a show. when Jay Z last went on tour, he made 20 million dollars and he did 20 shows. thats a million a show. Way loses. he did alot of shows, so what, if Jay Z did the same or kanye, they would make much more.

  • Hey yeah

    I wonder if Birdman bought all the tour tickets???!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Freeway

    1ST OFF,FUCK EMINEM. SECONDLY EMINEM AND LIL WAYNE ARE FRIENDS THATS WHY THEY TOUR TOGETHER IF YOU DIDNT READ SO CUT IT OUT WITH ALL THAT EMINEM IS BETTER BULLSHIT. THIRDLY SALES DONT DETERMIN WHO'S A BETTER ARTIST,JUST LIKE SOMEBODY ON HERE MENTIONED MC HAMMER'S ALBUM WENT DIAMOND,DO HE RUN HIP HOP? HELL NO,IS HE LOOKED AT LIKE PAC & BIGGIE? NO! TO BE HONEST YOUR FAVORITE RAPPER IS AN OPINION!!! IF YOU THINK EM IS THE BEST WELL THATS YOU,IF WE THINK WEEZY IS THE BEST THEN THATS US BUT THESE ARNT FACTS THESE ARE OPINIONS AND HOW WE FEEL AND WHO WE LIKE. SO THATS MY POINT,YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST IS YOUR OPINION NOT A FACT AND SALES DONT MEAN YOU'RE BETTER. NAS IS LYRICALLY BETTER THAN JAY Z BUT JAY Z IS RICHER AND SOLD MORE THAN NAS. AT THE END OF THE DAY,LIL WAYNE IS BETTER THAN EMINEM CAUSE WAYNE HAS BETTER LINES THAN EMINEM AND HE EFFECTS EVERYBODY'S LIFE REGARDLESS OF COLOR. YOU GOT WHITE BOYS ACTING LIKE WAYNE BUT YOU NEVER SEEN A BLACK GUY ACT LIKE EMINEM. PLUS WAYNE BEEN MORE POPULAR AND RELEVANT THAN EMINEM,EMINEM BEEN POPULAR FROM LIKE 1998 TO LIKE 2002 VERSUS WAYNE BEING HOT FROM 2005 TO NOW WHICH IS LIKE 7 YEARS STRAIGHT

    • MK47

      There isn't a credible music publication in the world that would defend the idea that Lil' Wayne is in any way, shape or form, a bigger and better artist than Eminem. Commercially, nobody touches Em's success. And no, selling records doesn't mean everything, but this guy also has the unanimous respect from his peers that Wayne would give Birdman's money to have. It's not an opinion, these are facts. Lollipop will never be Lose Yourself. Period. There isn't one single track Wayne has ever written or performed that moves masses like that song does. The difference between flash in the pan notoriety, and someone who has spent their entire career building and maintaining a pedigree of success

    • John-Boy

      LOL. First you say that your favorite rapper is based on opinion. Then you go on and try to convince people Wayne is better than Eminem. Ummm, what happened to who's better being based on opinion? You contradict yourself in your own comment!!!! Wayne has better lines than Em?? Are you smoking crack? Wayne has the most simplistic lines in HipHop. Retards like you enjoy Wayne because its easy to digest a line such as "Life is a bitch and death is the sister" or I speak the truth but I guess thats a foreign language to yall". These are lines that a fuckin 5 year old can come up with. And this is about as good as a Wayne line can get! Let me add another paraph for your silly ass. Eminem is no longer relevant?? Really? This man just broke a record for being the first artist to sell 1 million downloads for his SEVENTH studio album and he is irrelevant? He had the highest selling album of ALL OF 2010. He eats Wayne on every track they do together! Lets not even get into career album sales. The Marshall Mathers LP alone dwarfs ALLLL of Waynes album sales combined. When you stupid mother fuckers compare Wayne and Eminem it makes me want to vomit. There is no comparison. Period.

    • anonymous

      u mad bro? calm the F down :D

  • RTJ00

    Good for him! no one gives a fuck about the next niggas money! Stop making Hip Hop look stupid as fuck Hip Hop DX!!

  • Anonymous

    U know wats funny Europeans will never like Lil Wayne unless he goes to the electrohop music scene like Drake is doing instead of fruity ass pop rap. But there's a risk he will become unpopular in the US coz most people from the US arent into electrohop dat much.

  • WZRD

    what I sometimes think is that "I wonder if young money crew are just going to come out and say all the recent sheeeeetttt is just a yellow submarine" if you dont know what I mean, back when the beatles were ontop of the music globe, they were getting number 1's left right and center, and they thought "lets see if we can write a song with the studpiest and stangest lyrics and melody and see if will go number 1" the song went number 1

  • GGENERAL

    Can't hate on anybody making money...To be clear, Hip Hop has been making money off of tours (worldwide included). So stop gassing people up with this stupid stuff...For the crazies who think that a tour grossing 47 million means all of that goes to wayne, you're insane. There's a lot of people involved and they have to be paid as well...Like I said though, can't hate on anybody making money

  • jr88

    not hating but my friend went to a wayne concert and she said it looked like a gay pride parade....lol...real talk i wouldnt be caught dead at a wayne show...lol

  • YADIG

    LIL WAYNE IS THE GREATEST YOU HATIN ASS MOTHAFUCKAS. HE GAVE ME HEAD YOU PUSSY-LESS BITCHES. I EVEN FUCKED IN THE ASS BY NICKI WHILE MY MOUTH WAS ON WAYNE'S MINI PENIS! 5 LETTERS: YMCMB!!

  • YADIG

    FUCK MICHAEL JACKSON. LIL WAYNE IS THE GREATEST. LIL WAYNE IS SUCH A GOD. HE IS BIGGER THAN JESUS. JESUS SAID SO. YMCMB!!!

  • Anonymous

    Funny that the guy proudly mentions the Australia shows. Cause people who attended those shows were pissed off at the sound. I'm only being real.

  • Garvin Inoa

    Baby bought all the tickets, LOL

  • 187JoshM187

    Whys everyone hating? He makes more money then everyone on this site including me put together. Even though some of you think he makes garbage music he still made 47 million dollars off of that garbage music. Just saying.

    • Unknown

      Yea we know he made money, his music is dumbed down which is why it sells. I cant take anyone serious who is older than 21 listening to that clown

  • Southern Fried

    Yall don't guy music anyways and yes i'm talking about black people mainly. Yall download music do wayne is not selling music to black people who download free music and then log on and hate on lil wayne for being an artist. Whether you agree with wayne's music or not he is not getting out of bed to fail at something he loves. I don't like all of waynes music but that could be an age thing or I'm just not inspired. I will never hate on another black man's success whether I agree with that success or not. I am flabbergasted as to why we simply can't agree to disagree instead of tearing each other to pieces all the time. Peace.

    • blah

      ur grammar is almost as bad as ur theory..How do u know if blacks are buying his music or not? So there are no loyal black rap fans, every1 just downloads their favorite rapper's music right.

  • Meela Dymme

    Wayne is is milking the game with all his gimmicks. "I am still music" tour...really. Just a ploy to get people to check for him as the title implies his music is real. yada yada lamo

  • Hi Stans

    Numbers don't mean shit..... MC Hammer still holds the record for best selling hip hop album of all times. Need I say more.

  • Anonymous

    who gon pay to see dis fool.? smh

  • fckit

    Lil wayne is basically like Jesus...

  • Anonymous

    His CD sales match up perfectly with his tour dollars so smh to all the haters!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Yo

    How can you hate on this. Another brother on the grind.. Dont hate on a nigga getting money through hard work, with such a mentality you will die broke and miserable.

  • YADIG

    2PAC, ELVIS, JIMI HENDRIX, MARVIN GAYE, MICHAEL JACKSON, LIL WAYNE....

  • YADIG

    SHOUTOUT TO WEEZY DA BO$$ YMCMB IS LEGENDARY & LIL WAYNE IS AN ICON THE LIKES OF WHICH WE HAVENT SEEN SINCE MICHAEL JACKSON & THE BEATLES! 5 LETTERS: YMCMB

  • YADIG

    LIL WAYNE CONTINUES TO PROVE HIMSELF AS THE GREATEST ARTIST IN AMERICAN MUSIC TODAY! WHO ELSE IS FUCKIN WIT WAYNE RIGHT NOW!!! WAYNE IS ON TOP NIGGAS SO JUST ACCEPT THE FUCKING TRUTH FAGGOTS!!! WAYNE IS #1 5 LETTERS:YMCMB

  • YADIG

    YMCMB WE DA GREATEST 5 LETTERS: YMCMB

  • knowledge

    Once again, #'s dont lie. Wayne is to this era of hip-hop (08-present) wat Biggie,Pac,Em,Jay(even though he's still big now) were all to their time when they dominated. (Wayne isnt dominating alone but he's the most single dominate rapper in hip-hop) He's selling out tours, running the radio, selling platinum albulms/songs. He's pretty much doin it all right now

    • COLE WORLD - GOLD STATUS

      hmmm NO! u saying that only because he tours crazy...thats it Em IS STILL the #1 hip hop artists in the world. RECOVERY sold 4milli ALONE in the US last year. Bout 8milli worldwide. So STFU...Wayne aint nowhere near Em status

  • Unknown

    I dont get it, he makes all that money but puts out horrible music. Smh I just dont get it plus that nigga cant even rap...

  • YADIG

    OHHH YEAAHHHHH. IM GIVING CELEBRATION HEAD TO MY NIGGAS DRIZZY AND WAYNE. I WILL LET HIM BUSS ALL OVER MY FACE TONIGHT!!!!

  • YESSIR

    YEAH SHOUT OUT TO WAYNE YMCMB HE PUT DRIZZY ON WE ON TOP

  • Anonymous

    95% of that will go to Baby...

  • Al Sharpton

    Lil Wayne is the pinnacle of rap Godliness

  • tryth

    dont call it music. wayne isnt music. jimi hendrix was music. the beatles were music. wayne is an uneduacted dude who rhymes

    • Pegasus Flow

      Wayne isn't shit. The numbers don't lie argument doesn't mean anything and doesn't mean the man has any substance in his rhymes. Metaphorically, he does put together some clever music but in terms of that real shit that REAL hip hop artists put out now and have in the past? He's just a mainstream pawn enjoying his moment in the limelight while it's still there.

    • Anonymous

      man comparing any of those artists to a crappy rapper like wayne is so hilarious. those artists were storytellers, inspiring, creative and soulful. lil wayne talks about getting high and having sex. and all his fans counterpoint is "he be gettin dat money". so stupid...hate what hip hop has become

    • Anonymous

      im gonna have to agree with 'tryth'. Lil Wayne isnt uneducated, but his music is so whack and makes you feel stupid listening to it. He is the definition of mainstream music, crappy ass songs for teeny boppers and stupid people. like im sorry to say this but #'s doesnt prove talent.. Lady Gaga is the most viewed THING on the internet.. why? becuase the majority of people are stupid/brainwashed and sheltered from real talented music.. the promoters and shit are what makes wayne who he is.. not his fuckin music

    • Anonymous

      @ TRYTH. wOW THE NUMBERS HAS AWAKEN THE FIRST HATER. lIL wAYNE IS THE TRUTH AND DID ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF hOUSTON FOR YOUR DUMB ASS COMMENT OF HIM BEING UNEDUCATED. I GUESS YOU DUMB NIGGAS WHO SAID BIRDMAN BOUGHT ALBUMS WOULD SAY HE PAID FOR PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THE SHOWS TOO. STOP HATING AND GIVE IT UP TO A REAL NIGGA THATS BEEN WINNING FOR A DECADE NOW

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