BTS did an on-stage interview with iHeartRadio during the band’s swing through New York City in May. (Getty Images)
South Korean boy band BTS hits No. 1 and then some, taking the top four positions in the largest-capacity category on Hot Tickets with two-show engagements in each market. The three highest-grossing dates all earned more than $10 million, with the vocal group’s two-night stint at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., landing at No. 1. Sales revenue for those shows May 18-19 surpassed $14 million from 98,574 sold seats. It was the band’s only appearance this year in the New York City metropolitan area and the third stop on the Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour that began May 4-5 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., followed by Chicago’s Soldier Field on May 11-12.
After the three North American dates, the boy band headed to South America for one late May appearance on the continent, a two-show run at São Paulo’s Allianz Parque that comes in at No. 4 on the chart. With 84,728 tickets sold, the concerts on May 25-26 racked up a gross of $7.8 million.
Two engagements in Europe followed the shows in Brazil, led by a pair of concerts June 1-2 at London’s Wembley Stadium. With a whopping sold ticket count of 114,583 — the highest attendance logged at any of the venues on the 10-week tour — the U.K. performances scored $13.5 million at the box office to take the No. 2 ranking on Hot Tickets. Paris hosted the band for the final European date on the tour, a two-night run at Stade de France on June 7-8. Holding the No. 3 ranking, the concerts at France’s national stadium registered a combined gross of $13.3 million from 107,328 total tickets. Only four shows in two Japanese cities remain on the Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour, which is set to conclude July 14.
The trek is an extension of BTS’s Love Yourself world tour, which kicked off in August and ran through early April, visiting Asia, North America and Europe. The previous tour was staged at arenas in North America and Europe (except for one stadium date at New York’s Citi Field on Oct. 6), yet all but one of the Asian dates were booked in stadiums. The first two shows on the 2018 tour were held at Seoul’s Olympic Stadium in the band’s home country Aug. 25-26.
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