Billboard has released their annual end of year report for the best performing tours of 2015. The live music industry turned $20 billion around in the year. So here's a countdown to the 25 top tours of 2015, according to Billboard's Boxscore*.
Madonna grossed almost $2 million per show in 2015. Her average ticket prices were over $150 per person.
$45 million total
14. Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond grossed over $1 million per show.
$50 million total
13. The Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead had the highest average gross per show, over $10 million. This is a result of the combination of a high average ticket price, $144 a piece, and most attendees per show, or over 70k per show, and by far the fewest shows of anyone on the list, with the annual total of 5 performances.
$52 million total
11. Katy Perry
Katy Perry grossed over $1 million per show in 2015. Even with only 36 shows, she's still the highest paid musician of 2015. Her Prism tour was coming to an end in 2015, whereas the bulk of it took place in 2014, the year which she ranked fifth on the same list, and was the highest grossing female of 2014.
$56 million total
half a million attendees
4. The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones grossed over $7 million per show in 2015, with the highest average ticket price, estimated at $185 dollars a piece. They only had 18 shows total, the second lowest of the year. Read more about the Rolling Stones' tour here.
grossed over $131 million total
with over 700k attendees
over 18 shows
ranked 3rd last year
2. One Direction
One Direction performed for over 2 millions fans, the most out of anyone in 2015, with over 80 performances. They grossed over $2.5 million per show.
$208 million total
ranked 1st last year