The Year in Touring Charts: Ed Sheeran Claims 2018's Top Tour; Taylor Swift, Beyoncé & Jay-Z Do Big Business

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The ongoing Divide Tour grossed $429 million within the 2018 chart yr, setting all-time data for the highest-grossing solo tour and highest year-end gross ever.

99 reveals and $429 million later, Ed Sheeran walks away with Billboard's Top Tour of 2018 (see Top 25 Tours chart, beneath), in accordance with figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. The British singer’s eye-popping whole follows the $122 million he grossed in 2017, having begun the tour on March 16, 2017 in Turin, Italy.

Billboard's Year-End Boxscore charts are based mostly on engagements that performed between Nov. 1, 2017 and Oct. 31, 2018 

The year-over-year improve from $122 million to $429 million is especially outstanding when contemplating that Sheeran performed 105 reveals in the 2017 chart yr, in comparison with 99 reveals in 2018. The introductory legs of the tour centered on enviornment dates, hitting sure main markets two consecutive nights (three at London’s O2 Arena, Los Angeles’ Staples Center, and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center). But a number of enviornment reveals can’t stack as much as a worldwide stadium run. This yr, Sheeran scaled his tour globally, delivering 2018’s high boxscore grossing $28 million over 4 nights at London’s Wembley Stadium, in comparison with $5 million over three nights on the similar metropolis’s O2 Arena on May 1-Three, 2017. Similarly, he leapt from grossing $Three.6 million on the Staples Center on Aug. 10-12, 2017 to $6.Three million from one evening at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl on Aug. 18. Elsewhere, Sheeran leveled as much as stadiums throughout Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore, and markets all through the U.S.

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The soar from 2017 to 2018 is to say nothing of Sheeran’s skyrocketing star energy since his final tour world wide. Sheeran has grossed greater than half a billion whereas touring in help of Divide, completely dwarfing the $63.eight million he earned in 2014-2015 on the Multiply Tour.

Not solely does Sheeran simply declare the yr’s largest tour, The Divide Tour’s $429,491,502 is the largest year-end whole within the historical past of Billboard Boxscore (relationship again to 1990). Twelve years after the very fact, he narrowly eclipses The Rolling Stones’ 2006 whole of $425.1 million from A Bigger Bang Tour. Far previous the $400 million mark, The Divide Tour is one among solely six treks to gross greater than $300 million in a single yr, following The Rolling Stones in 2006, U2 in 2009 and 2017, Guns N’ Roses in 2017, and Taylor Swift in 2018 ($315.2 million, The Reputation Stadium Tour).

At the shut of the 2018 year-end monitoring interval, The Divide Tour has grossed $551.eight million, making it the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist within the historical past of Billboard Boxscore, handily defeating Roger Waters’ The Wall Live, which grossed $459 million between Sept. 15, 2010 and Sept. 21, 2013.

Sheeran is scheduled to proceed his expansive trek all through 2019 earlier than wrapping up on Aug. 26 at Chantry Park in Ipswich, England. After three reveals Nov. Three -9, 2018 (these grosses will rely towards the 2019 year-end charts), $171.four million separates The Divide Tour and U2’s 360 Tour, which stays the highest-grossing tour of all time. With 50 dates on the books subsequent yr, Sheeran must common $Three.four million per present to interrupt U2’s report, considerably lower than his 2018 common of $four.Three million. Come subsequent fall, we might have a brand new reigning Boxscore champion.

Swift, Bey & Jay, Bruno and P!nk Were Powerhouses on the Road: Taylor Swift follows at No. 2 on the year-end Top 25 Tours tally with $315.2 million within the financial institution. As beforehand reported, the Reputation Stadium Tour turned essentially the most profitable U.S. tour of all time however she provides virtually $50 million to her home whole with reveals in England, Ireland, Canada, and Australia (to not point out extra reveals in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan that fell outdoors of the 2018 reporting interval). Swift’s worldwide enchantment hit a feverish peak in London, grossing $12.2 million over two nights at Wembley Stadium on June 22-23, 2018.

The Carters, or, Beyoncé and Jay-Z ($253.5 million), Bruno Mars ($237.eight million), and Pink ($180.four million) spherical out the year-end high 5. The Top Tours listing is headlined by comparatively younger pop stars inflicting commotion throughout the 2018 year-end charts, a marked shift from the overbearing presence of legacy acts like U2, Guns ‘N Roses, Depeche Mode, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen in earlier years.

Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars prolonged their 2017 excursions into 2018 with stellar outcomes, rating among the many Top 10 Tours for the second yr in a row. They are joined within the high 10 by different 2017 headliners U2 (No. 1 in 2017; No. 7 in 2018) and The Rolling Stones (No. 7 in 2017; No. eight in 2018).

The remainder of the general high 10 is crammed with touring veterans. It’s Taylor Swift’s fourth look within the year-end high 10 and Kenny Chesney’s tenth. Beyoncé and Jay-Z have individually graced the highest 10 in 2011 (Jay-Z), 2013, and 2016 (Beyoncé) and ranked No. eight in 2014 as a pair on the unique On the Run Tour. This is the third high 10 placement for Pink (2009; 2013) and Justin Timberlake (2007; 2014).

Journey and Def Leppard each make their year-end high 10 debut, becoming a member of forces to push their co-headline tour to No. 10.

Notably, after the 2017 Top 25 Tours rating featured no ladies among the many high 10, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Pink all storm this yr’s high tier, with Celine Dion, Shania Twain, and Lady Gaga shut behind. 

2018 TOP 25 TOURS

Rank; Act; Total Gross; Total Attendance; Number of Shows
1; Ed Sheeran; $429,491,502; four,800,441; 99
2; Taylor Swift; $315,186,362; 2,636,355; 48
Three; Beyoncé and Jay-Z; $253,514,983; 2,177,049; 48
four; Bruno Mars; $237,770,168; 1,929,456; 100
5; Pink; $180,402,074; 1,271,730; 88
6; Justin Timberlake; $149,277,272; 1,175,216; 76
7; U2; $119,203,900; 840,151; 55
eight; The Rolling Stones; $117,844,618; 750,874; 14
9; Kenny Chesney; $114,333,176; 1,298,089; 42
10; Journey & Def Leppard; $97,095,894; 1,003,198; 60
11; Eagles; $93,454,297; 574,721; 34
12; Drake; $81,446,702; 693,189; 44
13; Depeche Mode; $78,804,765; 926.682; 54
14; Foo Fighters; $77,750,695; 930,310; 47
15; Celine Dion; $76,465,107; 376,431; 51
16; Billy Joel; $70,227,385; 589,813; 24
17; Luke Bryan; $67,572,102; 935,668; 50
18; Luis Miguel; $64,935,983; 612,818; 72
19; Harry Styles; $61,073,923; 774,473; 65
20; Dead & Company; $56,220,873; 689,783; 42
21; Andre Rieu; $55,933,149; 640,284; 88
22; Elton John; $55,387,328; 351,817; 45
23; Shania Twain; $52,587,zero60; 630,44; 55
24; Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $50,228,977; 864,132; 86
25; Jay-Z; $45,496,805; 401,921; 30

Billboard's Year-End Boxscore charts are based mostly on engagements that performed between Nov. 1, 2017 and Oct. 31, 2018

2018 Top Tour by Genre
Genre; Act; Total Gross

Country; Kenny Chesney; $114,333,176
Latin; Luis Miguel; $64,935,983
Pop; Ed Sheeran; $429,491,502
R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé and Jay-Z; $253,514,983
Rock; U2; $119,203,900

While pop dominated 2018’s touring charts, The Carters’ On the Run II Tour emerges because the yr’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Tour, adopted by Billboard's general Artist of the Year Drake ($81.four million), and Jay-Z himself, having pulled in $45.5 million on his solo headlining four:44 Tour. Rounding out the style’s high tier are J. Cole ($26.1 million) and Janet Jackson ($21.6 million). 

For the eighth non-consecutive yr, Kenny Chesney has the Top Country Tour. His largest run but introduced in $114.Three million and offered 1.Three million tickets, making it the yr’s fifth most attended tour general. Next up are Luke Bryan ($67.6 million) and Shania Twain ($52.6 million), each of whom have claimed the Top Country Tour in years previous, Bryan in 2016 and 2014 and Twain in 2004 and 1999.

Luis Miguel has a commanding lead as 2018’s Top Latin Tour with $64.9 million. Jennifer Lopez follows with $39.5 million from her residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Rounding out the highest 5 are Romeo Santos ($38.four million), Shakira ($28.2 million), and Bad Bunny ($19 million).

U2 declare the Top Rock Tour honor for the ninth time since 1992 with $119.2 million from their Experience + Innocence Tour. They narrowly squeeze by The Rolling Stones ($117.eight million), adopted by Journey and Def Leppard ($97.1 million), Eagles ($93.5 million), and Depeche Mode ($78.eight million).

As a bonus, Andre Rieu, as soon as once more, has the Top Classical Tour for the tenth consecutive yr, including $55.9 million to his profession whole.