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2015 Pollstar Year End Top 20 Worldwide Tours

01:11 PM Tuesday 12/29/15 | |

Taylor Swift, AC/DC, One Direction, U2 and Foo Fighters make up the top five positions on Pollstar’s Top 20 Worldwide tours for 2015.  The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks and Ed Sheeran are also among the major earners.

  • Taylor Swift

    Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minn.
    September 11, 2015

    (Xcel Energy Center)

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Swift was the top touring artist in the world with gross ticket sales in excess of $250 million as she played to nearly 2.3 million fans. 

While that is not a global record, the fact that nearly $200 million of that total came from North America dates means she smashed the previous mark of $162 million set by the Rolling Stones in 2005.

  • The Rolling Stones

    Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.
    July 11, 2015

    (AP Photo / Gary Wiepert)

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The Top 20 Worldwide Tours alone grossed more than $2.2 billion and sold over 24 million tickets at an average ticket price of $91.74.  That represents $200 million and over 4 million tickets more than in 2014.

AC/DC came back and did the biggest tour in its history while Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran made the Top 10 for the first time with record outings of their own.

Although The Rolling Stones placed 10th on the chart, the band had the highest average ticket – $174.50.  Second is Paul McCartney’s $155.76 followed by Madonna (127.55), Fleetwood Mac ($125.61), Elton John ($124.49) and U2 ($118.35).  Luke Bryan’s $55.48 average ticket price was the lowest on the chart. 

  • Fleetwood Mac

    Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kans.
    March 31, 2015

    (Brett Schauf)

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All figures are for the 2015 calendar year and represent extensive research and estimates for all dates worked.  Pollstar has complete detailed information on most tours although some acts, most notably AC/DC, Garth Brooks, and Kevin Hart, required significant projections in order to be ranked. 

The complete Pollstar research package will be released on January 8th.  Check out the Top 20 Worldwide Tours for 2015 via this link.


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