Ed Sheeran Sold Way More Concert Tickets Than Any Other Performer in 2018

Ed Sheeran was the biggest concert draw of the year, by far. In fact, no one has made more money playing live in a single calendar year – in at least 30 years. His Divide tour began on February 19th. By the time it wrapped up in Atlanta on November 17th, Ed had wound his way through Europe, Asia, Asia-Pacific, and North America. That’s an all-time record for a calendar year. Technically speaking, there have been higher-grossing tours, but they all stretched over more than one year. Here’s the tour by the numbers:

  • 94: Total number of shows
  • 53: Total cities played
  • 4,860,482: Tickets sold 
  • $4.6 million: Average per night gross 
  • $432 million: Total box office gross in 2018 

And here are the top-5 grossing artists and how they stacked up globally in 2018 (gross/artist/tickets sold):

  1. $432.4 – Ed Sheeran – 4,860,482
  2. $345.1 – Taylor Swift – 2,888,892
  3. $254.1 – Jay-Z / Beyoncé – 2,169,050
  4. $169.2 – Pink – 1,285,411
  5. $167.6 – Bruno Mars – 1,290,438

Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ed_Sheeran_4,_2013.jpg

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