Top Ten Highest Grossing Music Tours of 2018

Updated on January 3, 2019
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Sheeran on stage at the Southside Festival in Germany, June 2014.
Sheeran on stage at the Southside Festival in Germany, June 2014. | Source

Many music acts hit the road in 2018 to perform for their fans. The likes of Elton John, the Foo Fighters, the Eagles, Ed Sheeran, or Def Leppard may have come to a town near you. So, who was the hardest working and biggest concert draw in 2018? Read on to see.

Highest Grossing Music Tours of 2018

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Beyonce and Jay-Z
  4. Bruno Mars
  5. Pink
  6. Justin Timberlake
  7. U2
  8. The Rolling Stones
  9. Kenny Chesney
  10. Journey and Def Leppard

1. Ed Sheeran

Shows Preformed: 99

Revenue Grossed: $429,491,502

The top grossing tour of 2018 belonged to Ed Sheeran. Sheeran, who began his Divide Tour in 2017, performed 99 shows in 2018 and grossed $429,491,502. It's safe to say Sheeran will probably make this list for 2019, as the tour is slated to continue around the world until August 2019.

Taylor Swift performing with a mic in her right hand.
Taylor Swift performing with a mic in her right hand. | Source

2. Taylor Swift

Shows Preformed: 48

Revenue Grossed: $315,186,362

Swift knows how to put on a show, and her tour grosses reflect that. Swift performed 48 shows in 2018 and grossed $315,186,362. Who knew writing songs about your personal relationships could get you that kind of coin?

Picture of Beyoncé.
Picture of Beyoncé. | Source

3. Beyonce and Jay-Z

Shows Preformed: 48

Beyonce's Grossed Revenue: $253,514,98

Jay-Z's Grossed Revenue: $45,496,805

Rolling in at #3 are Beyonce and Jay-Z (aka: Queen B and Hov, or Beyonce Knowles and Shawn Carter), the music couple of royalty put on 48 shows together in 2018, and grossed $253,514,98. Not a bad take for husband and wife. Jay-Z himself managed to come in at #25 with his own solo tour in 2018, however the $45,496,805 gross from that paled in comparison to what he brought down with Bey. They call her Queen B for a reason.

This is a photo of American entertainer Bruno Mars performing live during his 24K Magic World Tour
This is a photo of American entertainer Bruno Mars performing live during his 24K Magic World Tour | Source

4. Bruno Mars

Shows Preformed: 100

Revenue Grossed: $237,770,168

Bruno Mars definitely has the 24 Karat Magic touch, as his 100 shows pulled in a whopping $237,770,168. Of all the acts in the top ten, Mars performed the most shows. So, while his per-show take is probably lower than some of the other top ten members, it definitely shows he knows how to work for it.

P!nk performing live, March 6th 2013.
P!nk performing live, March 6th 2013. | Source

5. P!nk

Shows Preformed: 88

Revenue Grossed: $180,402,074

Alecia Beth Moore (aka P!nk) put on 88 shows in 2018 and cashed in with $180,402,074 in sales. The arena tour in support of her Beautiful Trauma album took her across the United States (she also had a few dates in South America). She is slated for some stadium shows in 2019. Pink is definitely spreading her color across the globe.

Justin Timberlake at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.
Justin Timberlake at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. | Source

6. Justin Timberlake

Shows Preformed: 76

Revenue Grossed: $149,277,272

J.T. hit the road in 2018 in support of his Man of the Woods album. While the album itself fell flat, fans were excited to see him out on the road. Whetting his fans' appetite with his Super Bowl Half-Time performance, Timberlake pulled down a nice $149,277,272 in 76 shows. Needless to say, fans still believe he can bring the "Sexyback."

U2 performing on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 in Brussels, Belgium on August 1, 2017.
U2 performing on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 in Brussels, Belgium on August 1, 2017. | Source

7. U2

Shows Preformed: 55

Revenue Grossed: $119,203,900

Any time they head out on the road, U2 is always near the top of the list for highest grossing acts. Their ability to fill arenas and stadiums is legendary. Their tally after 55 shows in 2018 is $119,203,900. Bono and the boys are certainly still living large.

Rolling Stones performing on stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Rolling Stones performing on stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. | Source

8. The Rolling Stones

Shows Preformed: 14

Revenue Grossed: $117,844,618

The Rolling Stones are still at it! They pulled in an amazing $117,844,618 in just 14 shows. They are currently slated to do 13 shows in 2019, so odds are probably high that they will make the list again. Reason? I would imagine their tickets have not gotten any cheaper, and the Stones have an ever-expanding fan base that spans two or three generations thanks to their 50+ years together.

Country star Kenny Chesney performs in Indianapolis.
Country star Kenny Chesney performs in Indianapolis. | Source

9. Kenny Chesney

Shows Preformed: 42

Revenue Grossed: $114,333,176

Country music made the top ten list as Mr. Chesney pulled in $114,333,176 in just 42 shows. Even with all the famous country acts touring today, Kenny Chesney still blew away his country peers. His nearest country competitors were Luke Bryan (#17), and Shania Twain (#23). It's not a bad thing to be Kenny Chesney. You have to wonder where Chensey will rank in 2019, because Garth Brooks is hitting the road real soon. His shows are always a major draw. They sell-out arenas everywhere.

The band members seated in a tight circle.
The band members seated in a tight circle. | Source

10. Journey and Def Leppard

Shows Preformed: 60

Revenue Grossed: $97,095,894

Journey and Def Leppard hit the road in 2018 with a co-headlining tour that saw them perform 60 shows, and brought in $97,095,894. Needless to say, '80s nostalgia is still going strong and making the bucks. While having Journey and Def Leppard on the same bill is already quite a quality show, there is one thing that would take it over the top: Bring back Steve Perry to front Journey! That tour would definitely be near the top!

Sources:

Forbes.com - https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2018/12/06/these-are-the-10-highest-grossing-tours-of-2018/#13e1328e298f

NME.com - https://www.nme.com/news/music/these-are-the-highest-grossing-tours-of-2018-2417386

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