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Travis Scott Reportedly Earned $1 Million in Merchandise Sales in London, Surpassing Previous Record Set by BTS

Travis Scott is said to have set a merchandise sales record for the UK, following his pair of shows at London’s O2 Arena over the weekend.

According TMZ, sources close to Scott confirmed on Wednesday August 10 that the rapper had earned more than US$1 million (£820,681) from merchandise sold at the two gigs, which marked his first major appearances since the Astroworld tragedy at the end of last year.

Hitting the sales figure for hoodies and t-shirts, which range between $45 (£36.80) and $150 (£122.66), the million-dollar haul broke the previous record of merchandising established by BTS. In October 2018, the K-pop group also performed at the O2 Arena on the UK leg of their Love Yourself World Tour, but reportedly fetched just under $1 million.

As well as setting the record for merchandise sales at the time, BTS’ O2 show in 2018 was notable as the group’s first-ever performance in the UK and was nearly canceled following a heel injury to teammate Jungkook. NMETom Connick of , reported at the time that the band’s merchandise sold out by 7 p.m. and, more broadly, speculated that the show represented “the new Beatlemania”.

Scott, meanwhile, sold out both nights at the 20,000-seat venue and opened his shows at the O2 Arena with a performance of “Hold That Heat.” The rapper’s setlist also included the debut of unreleased songs “God’s Country” (featuring Kanye West) and “Lost Forever,” both of which are set to feature on his upcoming fourth studio album, “Utopia.”

Ahead of Scott’s flagship show in London, the Astroworld festival founder had largely retreated from the public eye, following the death of 10 people due to a surge in crowds during his headline at the Houston event. In March, he performed a private set at a pre-Oscars party, before a more recent public appearance as a performer at this year’s Billboard Music Awards.

Meanwhile, the “Sicko Mode” rapper reportedly performed at a Coachella after-party, in addition to a Miami nightclub appearance in May. More recently, Scott joined Future last month on stage at the Rolling Loud music festival.

Earlier this month, Scott announced a seven-night residency at Zouk nightclub in Las Vegas called “Road to Utopia.”