Most successful music tours worldwide 2018

Most successful music tours worldwide in 2018, based on gross revenue (in million U.S. dollars)

by Amy Watson, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Most successful music tours worldwide 2018 At the top of the list of most successful worldwide tours in 2018 was Ed Sheeran, whose tour generated a gross revenue of 432.4 million U.S. dollars, eclipsing revenue generated by Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and Beyoncé. British singer Sheeran was also among the highest-paid musicians in the U.S. in 2017, earning 31.3 million U.S. dollars that year. The artist is famous for his folk pop guitar work and distinctive singing voice, and known for hits ‘Shape of You’, ‘The A Team’ and ‘Perfect’ among many others.
A closer look at the biggest global tours of 2018

Second in the list in terms of revenue was popular singer Taylor Swift, whose 345.1 million dollar tour came alongside her success as one of the most followed music artists on Instagram. Swift features regularly in the media and writes regularly about her personal life, which fuels her media personality and presence.

Also featuring high in the ranking was American singer Pink, whose Beautiful Trauma tour made 169.2 million U.S. dollars. The album was one of the best-selling music albums worldwide in 2017 with 1.8 million physical and digital albums sold globally.

Other successful tours in the list included those by Sam Smith and U2, as well as Bruno Mars who ranked slightly below Pink with a worldwide tour revenue of 167.6 million dollars.

Who is Pink?

Pink (often stylized as P!nk, real name Alecia Moore) released her first album in 2000, titled ‘Can’t Take Me Home’. She has since gone on to sell millions of albums worldwide and achieve international fame and recognition for her contribution to the music industry. Pink is known for her spectacular acrobatics and energetic dance choreographies during her live performances, as well as her honest and often emotionally or politically driven songwriting style and lyrics. Some of her most well-known songs include ‘Family Portrait’, ‘So What’, ‘What About Us’ and ‘Walk Me Home’.
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Most successful music tours worldwide in 2018, based on gross revenue (in million U.S. dollars)

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