Pollstar | 2018 Year End Worldwide Tours

 

At No. 2 is Taylor Swift. Combined with Ed Sheeran, the two racked up $777 million in sales – about 14 percent of the overall gross of the Top 100 Worldwide Tours.

The other four acts are rock royalty: Eagles, Roger Waters, U2 and The Rolling Stones – all iconic artists and longtime road warriors. With those acts joining the pop stars who kicked off their careers late in the previous century – and the ones who got their starts in this one – every decade from the 1960s through the 2000s is represented in the Top 10.

Sheeran, the king of the road in 2018, took his “Divide Tour” to stadiums on four continents, performing for more than 4.8 million fans. The English pop star has astounded the world with the simplicity of his stadium production, the strength of his connection with the audience – and, of course, his award-winning music. But numbers speak loudest when it comes to the success of the tour, and the overall gross from his 2018 trek reached a whopping $432.4 million based on ticket sales from 94 concerts staged in 53 cities.

His 2018 gross is the first to top $400 million in one year, and handily blasts U2’s single-year gross record set just last year with $316 million from the Joshua Tree Tour. U2 also passed the $300 million threshold one other year as the top ranked tour. The Irish band accomplished that feat in 2009 with $311 million earned during the first year of the 360 Tour that currently ranks as the top grosser of all time with $735 million in sales.

U2 is the only other act besides Sheeran to gross more than $300 million in one year as the top-grossing tour, but five other artists of note have reigned as the top tour with earnings in the $200 million range. Madonna did it twice – most recently in 2012 with $296.1 million but also in 2008 with $281.6 million.



Pollstar 2018 Year End Tours:

1. Ed Sheeran, $432.4 million
2. Taylor Swift, $345.1 million
3. Jay-Z and Beyoncé, $254.1 million
4. Pink, $169.2 million
5. Bruno Mars, $167.6 million
6. Eagles, $166 million
7. Justin Timberlake, $151 million
8. Roger Waters, $131.3 million
9. U2, $126.2 million
10. The Rolling Stones, $116.6 million
11. Kenny Chesney, $114.4 million
12. Journey and Def Leppard, $97.8 million
13. Bruce Springsteen, $88.3 million
14. Foo Fighters, $87.3 million
15. Sam Smith, $84 million
16. Guns N’ Roses, $82.4 million
17. Drake, $79 million
18. Helene Fischer, $76.4 million
19. Phil Collins, $75.5 million
20. Depeche Mode, $74.2 million
21. Luke Bryan, $73.3 million
22. Billy Joel, $70.3 million
23. Imagine Dragons, $67.4 million
24. Metallica, $67.3 million
25. Celine Dion, $65.2 million
26. Luis Miguel, $61.5 million
27. Harry Styles, $59.6 million
28. André Rieu, $57.1 million
29. Katy Perry, $55.3 million
30. Britney Spears, $54.3 million
31. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, $53.7 million
32. Cirque du Soleil – “Totem”, $52.1 million
33. Kevin Hart, $51.5 million
34. Shania Twain, $51.5 million
35. Dave Matthews Band, $47.7 million
36. Dead & Company, $46.3 million
37. The Killers, $42.9 million
38. Romeo Santos, $42.3 million
39. Shakira, $40.7 million
40. Cirque du Soleil – “Lúzia”, $40.3 million
41. Queen + Adam Lambert, $39.7 million
42. Keith Urban, $39 million
43. Phish, $38.9 million
44. Cirque du Soleil – “Crystal”, $38.7 million
45. Andrea Bocelli, $38.2 million
46. Paul McCartney, $37.9 million
47. Elton John, $37.5 million
48. Iron Maiden, $37.5 million
49. Cirque du Soleil – “Ovo”, $36.6 million
50. Fleetwood Mac, $34 million

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