News: Lil Wayne Named Top Rap Concert Headliner, Grossed $42 Mil In 2008-2009

Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 5:50PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne leads Jay-Z and Kanye West in tour profits for 2008 to 2009.? He has reportedly raked in over $42 million.

Details on Wayne's tour revenue was publicly released Tuesday (September 8).

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. The second highest-grossing rap tour that Billboard has tracked was Jay-Z's 2008 jaunt with Mary J. Blige, which grossed $34.6 million and drew 310,694 concertgoers to 28 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. Kanye West's 2008 Glow In the Dark tour comes in third, having pulled in $30.8 million from 49 concerts that attracted 507,853 fans. (Billboard)

Jay led the rap pack this year on Forbest Hip-Hop Cash Kings List with an estimated $35 million in sales from mid-way 2008 to 2009.

Hova raked in a reported $35 million starting in June 2008, from touring and other business ventures. Although his earnings were down substantially from last year's $85 million, he still managed to edge out fellow mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, who came in at No. 2, with $30 million. Third place went to Kanye West with a respectable $25 million, earned through profits from his '808's and Heartbreaks' album and 'Glow In The Dark' tour. 50 Cent landed at No. 4 with approximately $20 million, a steep drop from $100 million in 2007. (The Boom Box)

Additional Cash Kings included OutKast, Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg and more.

No. 5 Akon ($20 million), No. 6 Lil Wayne ($18 million), No. 9 T-Pain ($15 million), No. 10 Eminem ($14 million) No. 12. Snoop Dogg ($11 million), No. 13 Ludacris ($10 million), No. 14 Common ($8 million), No. 15 ($8 million), No. 16. T.I. ($8 million), No. 17 Swizz Beatz ($8 million), No. 18 Andre 3000 ($7 million), No. 19 Big Boi ($7 million), No. 20 Flo Rida ($6 million), No. 21 Rick Ross ($6 million), No. 22 The Game ($6 million) and No. 23 Young Jeezy ($6 million). (NahRight)

Weezy will take fans "Behind The Music" later this week via VH1.

VH1 will premiere its' "Behind The Music" broadcast Thursday, September 10th at 10 p.m. with rap superstar Lil Wayne. A true hip-hop icon, Lil Wayne is candid in his discussion about the life that made him one of the most respected hip-hop artists in the industry, as he relays his first experiences with drugs, his introduction to Cash Money Records, and his amazing career highs. In the October 8th episode of "Behind The Music" airing at 10 p.m. T.I. describes the good and the bad of his life as a hip-hop superstar and how these experiences have helped him become the man he is today. 50 Cent will wrap up the series the following Thursday (October 13) at 8 p.m. Other artists include Bret Michaels, Bobby Brown and Pink. (Reuters)

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