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image from cdn.pixabay.comTour trade publication Pollstar tracked more than 44,000 live concerts in 2018 logging in a record-setting $10.4 billion total gross and 152.1 million tickets sold.  Ed Sheeran topped the year grossing a whopping $432 million, an all time touring record.

Pollstar's Top 100 World Wide tours totaled $5.6 billion U.S. dollars with 59.8 million tickets sold to 3,691 events.  The Top Ten of the Worldwide Tour chart surpassed $2 billion in grosses for the first time.

The Top 100 North American tours totaled $3.7 billion U.S. dollars with 40 million tickets sold to 3,025 event records

• Ed Sheeran set the all-time touring record in a calendar year with an astronomical gross of $432 million. Sheeran’s 2018 tour numbers, when combined with 2017, is already the third highest-grossing tour ($554.6M) behind U2’s "360" ($735 M) and the Rolling Stones’ “A Bigger Bang” ($558M) tours.

• Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” Stadium Tour is No. 2 on the Top 100 Worldwide tours chart, grossing $345 million.  Swift topped the Top 100 North American tours chart, grossing $277.3 million and nearing a $1 billion lifetime touting gross. 

• Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift’s combined tours grosses of $777.5 million makes up 14% of the overall gross of the Top 100 Worldwide Tours.  Four artists – U2, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and The Rolling Stones – appear in the Top 10 of the 2018 Worldwide Tours chart also ranked in the Top 10 of 2017’s Worldwide Tours Chart.

Last year, U2 topped the chart, grossing $316m with 2,713,136 tickets sold.  Sheeran came in at #8, grossing $124.1m with 1,525,882 tickets sold. 

2018 Top 10 Worldwide Tours

GROSS                                                           TICKETS SOLD        
432.4              Ed Sheeran                            4,860,482*
 345.1              Taylor Swift                          2,888,892     
 254.1              Jay-Z / Beyoncé                   2,169,050  
 169.2              Pink                                        1,285,411   
 167.6              Bruno Mars                           1,290,438*   
 166.0             Eagles                                    964,245    
 151.0              Justin Timberlake                1,193,365
 131.3              Roger Waters                        1,448,771 
 126.2              U2                                           927,034*              
 116.6              The Rolling Stones              750,914*  

2018 Top 10 North American Tours

GROSS                                               TICKETS SOLD        
 277.3              Taylor Swift                          1,268,706    
 166.4              Jay-Z / Beyoncé                   1,298,038
 166.0             Eagles                                    964,245
 114.4              Kenny Chesney                    1,297,731    
 110.0              Justin Timberlake                791,780   
 105.0             Ed Sheeran                            1,136,497    
 97.8               Journey / Def Leppard        1,000,272
 95.3               Pink                                        688,558
 88.3               Springsteen On Broadway  173,461    
 79.0               Drake                                     678,410

Top 3 Promoters

Live Nation                         49.6 million tickets                          

AEG Presents                     11.6 million tickets

Messina Touring Group    5.3 million tickets

Top Stadiums

Foro Sol                                              Mexico City, Mexico          887,802

MetLife Stadium                               East Rutherford, NJ          521,215

Gillette Stadium                                Foxboro, MA                       454,383

Top Amphitheaters

Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center      Noblesville, IN           588,023

BB&T Pavilion                                             Camden, NJ              505,287

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion   The Woodlands, TX   467,620

Top Theaters

Auditorio Nacional                           Mexico City, Mexico          1,325,493     

Radio City Music Hall                      New York, NY                     1,004,255     

Fox Theatre                                        Atlanta, GA                         704,828

Top Clubs

The Anthem                                       Washington, D.C.               391,835

House Of Blues Boston                    Boston, MA                         325,731

9:30 Club                                            Washington, D.C.               240,156

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