Arena tours in the past have been mainly reserved for rock bands and larger type shows but that is now changing. Jay-Z and Mary J Blige's "Heart Of The City" tour is lining up to clear over $20 million dollars. Kanye West's "Glow In The Dark" tour which also includes Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D. and Rihanna, looks like it will also break the $20 mill mark.
A Live Nation executive said “Hip-hop is starting to mature,” continuing “at some
point we will reflect back at how important these tours were in the
growth of the hip-hop concert business." The touring giant recently signed Jay-Z to a $150 million dollar deal.