Pollstar: Top Touring Acts of 2017

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Postby Wayne » Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:33 am

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We are fast approaching the end of 2017 and while Pollstar’s BoxOffice department furiously enters data for our Year End charts, we thought we’d share the Top 20 Tours of the year as a preview of the Worldwide Top Tours Chart.

On the whole, the Top 20 grossed $2.66 billion this year, a record high and increase of more than $264 million from 2016.

Coming in at the top slot is U2, which grossed a gargantuan $316 million with its “Joshua Tree Tour”, reporting a total 2.71 million tickets.

Right behind U2 was Guns N’ Roses with $292.5 million grossed and 2.68 million tickets sold. The tickets sold figure is clearly close, meaning much of the more than $20 million differential in grosses involved pricing, with U2 charging more than $40 above GNR on average.

Coldplay came in third with $238 million grossed, and Bruno Mars is the first solo artist on the touring chart, with $200.1 million total gross on the year, fourth overall.

The list is mostly comprised of artists that fit into the “Pop/Rock” categorization in Pollstar’s online routebook, though entries in that genre can range from Metallica to Justin Bieber.

The first country artist to appear on the list is Garth Brooks at No. 10, who in 2017 wrapped up what his reps are calling the largest tour by a solo artist ever, at three years with eight legs. His total gross on the year was estimated at $101.4 million, and though we would love to get exact numbers regarding his business, he is one of the only artists on this Top 20 chart that does not regularly report touring data to Pollstar.

Celine Dion was the first female artist to chart in this year's Top 20, at the No. 11 slot, and she got there with a mix of arena touring and a Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum At Caesars Palace. Although Queen Celine still technically has two dates to perform Dec. 30-31 through that residency, we factored that in with estimates, and she thus still falls just behind Garth, with a gross of $101.2 million.

While the Top 20 is mostly made up of established artists, No. 8 Ed Sheeran (26), No. 12 Justin Bieber (23), No. 17 The Weeknd (27) and No. 20 Ariana Grande (24) are the youngest artists to crack the top 20.

Our research estimates have shown that Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show is raking it in, with $87. 8 million grossed, an impressive figure when you factor in that the show stages in Walter Kerr Theatre, with a 945-capacity, much smaller than the arenas and stadiums he normally fills. Bruce appears at the No. 14 position on this year’s chart, which is still pretty good, though it might seem like a downgrade from the No. 1 position he occupied last year after his massive tour with The E Street Band. He reached his position this year thanks to a jaw-dropping $1,500 average ticket price.

The married couple of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill is the only act in this Top 20 to integrate male and female artists in the headline act. The duo grossed $79.3 million on their first “Soul2Soul” in years. They played 79 shows this year, not counting two nights at “Carnival Live” and reported 931,951 tickets.

This preview chart is available for viewing here, and the complete data package will be released to subscribers Jan. 5.
U2 - top band.
Bruno Mars - top male artist.
Celine Dion - top female artist.

Huge numbers, Bruce’s average ticket price makes Barba Streisand look cheap in comparison.
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Postby SpyVsSpy » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:08 pm

bruce’s average ticket price :o
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Postby toni_pest » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:43 pm

SpyVsSpy wrote:bruce’s average ticket price :o
right?! who has that money for a 2 hour concert
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Postby BlueScorpion » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:51 am

Celine should be Top 10. I hate #11 placings. Congratulations to all of them.
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Postby heppolo » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:54 am

Depeche Mode is still very high
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Postby Wayne » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:09 pm

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story included Bruce Springsteen at the No. 14 position on the Top 20 Tours chart. Springsteen will be appearing twice on the full Worldwide Top 100 Tours Chart being released Jan. 5, as his performances with The E Street Band and his shows on Broadway are being categorized as separate entries. The figures associated with Springsteen on the previous version of the Top 20 chart were inaccurate and should not be referenced. Bruce Springsteen has been removed from the chart and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers has been added at the No. 20 position.
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Postby spiritboy » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:26 am

If you count out Céline's residency, Gaga is the top female touring artist.
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Postby Wayne » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:41 pm

spiritboy wrote:If you count out Céline's residency, Gaga is the top female touring artist.
But we don’t count out the residency.
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Postby Debs_Wild » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:24 pm

Where is Katy Perry?
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Postby KEY9481 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:44 pm

Debs_Wild wrote:Where is Katy Perry?
She'll be on next year's list.
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Postby Wayne » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:50 pm

The full Pollstar lists have been released now (see below).

Top 10 Female Artists

01. Celine Dion - $101.2m
02. Lady Gaga - $85.7m
03. Ariana Grande - $66.5m
04. Adele - $59.0m
05. Britney Spears - $48.2m
06. Janet Jackson - $33.4m
07. Stevie Nicks - $29.9m
08. Katy Perry - $26.1m
09. Jennifer Lopez - $25.0m
10. Cher - $24.1m

Top 10 Male Artists

01. Bruno Mars - $200.1m
02. Paul McCartney - $132.0m
03. Ed Sheeran - $124.1m
04. Garth Brooks - $101.4m
05. Justin Bieber - $93.7m
06. Roger Waters - $92.1m
07. Billy Joel - $82.3m
08. The Weeknd - $80.0m
09. Sting - $64.7m
10. Elton John - $63.9m

Top 10 Bands/Groups/Duos

01. U2 - $316.0m
02. Guns N' Roses - $292.5m
03. Coldplay - $238.0m
04. Metallica - $152.8m
05. Depeche Mode - $141.1m
06. The Rolling Stones - $120.0m
07. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - $79.3m
08. Red Hot Chili Peppers - $73.5m
09. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - $64.7m
10. Green Day - $64.0m

You can see the top 100 worldwide acts here:

https://www.pollstar.com/Chart/2018/01/ ... rs_621.pdf

You can see the top 200 North American acts here:

https://www.pollstar.com/Chart/2018/01/ ... rs_622.pdf
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Postby LongingHeart » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:52 pm

Too bad Gaga had to cancel so many tour dates.
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Postby spiritboy » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:56 am

Depeche Mode smashing effortlessly without a hit album in years :o
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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:18 pm

How did it compare with 2016?
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Postby Wayne » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:39 pm

CelinetoBarbra wrote:How did it compare with 2016?
I’m not quite sure what you’re asking - are you talking about overall or one particular act?
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Postby CelinetoBarbra » Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:19 pm

overall and female acts
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Postby brunosilva » Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:29 pm

Top females of 2016:

256.2 Beyoncé
167.7 Adele
85.5 Celine Dion
82.2 Madonna
61.4 Rihanna

https://www.pollstarpro.com/files/Charts2016/2016YearEndTop100WorldwideTours.pdf
CELINE DION - THE WORLD'S BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST OF THE LAST 20 YEARS

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Postby NothingFails » Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:58 am

Pretty cool... I saw both the U2 and Guns N Roses shows last fall and turns out they were the top 2 tours of the year. Also saw Gaga who was #15. U2's show was top notch with the background films and everything, while Guns N Roses were exhaustive but also gave you your moneys worth playing over 3 1/2 hours when I saw them, which is a lot when you factor in that they only really had five albums plus one EP, so really, they went all in their discography, though probably too much of the show was wasted on playing crap from Chinese Democracy.

Cool to see Depeche Mode so high, always wanted to see them but they never come anywhere close.
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Postby menime123 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:28 am

Terrible year for female touring stars - clearly a diva era is upon us :lol:
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Postby Wayne » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:33 am

Good year for Celine!
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Postby biscuits » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:54 am

Wow go Janet!
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