Biggest Tours of the Year

December 7, 2018 - 6:30am

Taylor Swift set a record for the highest-grossing U.S. tour of all time, but when you take the entire world into consideration, her pal Ed Sheeran comes out on top.

According to Billboard, Ed's Divide tour, which started in 2017 and continued into this year, has grossed just under $552 million, which makes it the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist in the history of Billboard Boxscore, the publication's touring chart, which started in 1990. The previous record was held by rock legend Roger Waters' tour, which grossed $459 million over three years.

The Divide tour has also set a record for the biggest year-end gross in the history of Billboard Boxscore. In 2018 alone, Ed made $429.5 million on the road, breaking the previous record of $425.1 million set by the Rolling Stones in 2006.

Ed's tour was Billboard's Top Tour of 2018. And by the time he is completely done with his tour in August of 2019, he may break the record for the highest-earning tour of all time. That record's currently held by U2's 360 Tour, which earned $736 million, running from 2009-2011.

Taylor comes in at No. 2 on Billboard's list of the Top Tours of the Year, and Beyonc and JAY-Z, Bruno Mars and Pink round out the top five.

Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour toppled The Rolling Stones for the record for highest-grossing U.S. tour in history. It generated $266.1 million and sold over 2 million tickets in the U.S. The Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour in 2005-07 grossed $245 million. While the legendary British band achieved that number across 70 concerts, Swift did it in just 38 between May 8th to October 6th.

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2018's Top 25 Tours

Rank/Act Total Gross Total Attendance Number of Shows
1. Ed Sheeran

$429,491,502

4,800,441

99

2. Taylor Swift

$315,186,362

2,636,355

48

3. Beyonc and Jay-Z

$253,514,983

2,177,049

48

4. 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

8. 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

$52,587,060

630,440

55

24. Trans-Siberian Orchestra

$50,228,977

864,132

86

25. Jay-Z

$45,496,805

401,921

30