By William E. Ketchum III
In case the near-platinum first week sales of Tha Carter IV weren’t enough, the numbers for Lil Wayne’s “I Am Still Music” Tour show that his star power isn’t dying anytime soon. The tour—which featured the likes of Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, and Lloyd—consisted of 78 shows across Africa, Australia and North America between spring 2011 and this winter. The North American leg alone grossed $47 million, with sales upwards of 27,000 tickets in cities such as Buffalo, Philadelphia and Dallas.
Wayne also headlined the Bamboozle Festival and Hot 97’s Summer Jam, which garnered 90,000 and 50,000 fans, respectively.
“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 Lil Wayne’s manager, Cortez Bryant. Bryant is also president of Blueprint Group, the management and artist development company that resulted of the merger of Bryant Management and Hip Hop Since 1978. “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.”