Eighties rockers Bon Jovi topped Pollstar’s Top 20 Worldwide Tours of 2013 with Beyonce following at number two and P!nk rounding out the top three. Pollstar reports that 2013 was a record year for the global concert industry with the top 20 tours grossing a combined $2.43 billion in primary ticket sales. This number is up 24 percent with a $470.6 million increase over $1.96 billion in 2012.
Bon Jovi’s nearly yearlong Because We Can worldwide trek grossed $259.5 million with 102 shows performed in 97 cities across the globe, marking the band’s highest grossing tour of their career. They obtained this feat mostly without guitarist Richie Sambora performing, who left abruptly during the first month of the tour.
Beyonce placed number two at $188.6 million performing 108 shows in 77 cities while P!nk grossed $170.6 million with 131 shows in 85 cities.
Recently troubled pop singer Justin Bieber came in at number four with $169 million performing 119 shows in 110 cities and New Jersey rockers Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band rounds out the top five at $145.4 million in gross ticket sales for 46 shows in 33 cities.
The full list is below (in millions):
- Bon Jovi – $259.9
- Beyonce – $188.6
- P!nk – $170.6
- Justin Bieber – $169.0
- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – $145.4
- Rihanna – $141.9
- Cirque de Soleil (Michael Jackson: The Immortal) – $133.4
- Taylor Swift – $131.0
- Depeche Mode – $119.6
- One Direction* – $114.0
- Paul McCartney – $113.5
- The Rolling Stones – $110.3
- Muse – $103.9
- Fleetwood Mac – $94.3
- Kenny Chesney – $90.9
- Roger Waters – $81.0
- Bruno Mars* – $72.4
- Jay Z/Justin Timberlake – $69.0
- Elton John – $65.9
- Cirque de Soleil (Corteo) – $61.7
* Represents debut on chart
Author: Buddy Iahn
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