Hrefna Helgadóttir
Promogogo Product Manager

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*.

25. Eric Church

$30 million– 630k attended – 55 shows

24. Rush

Rush grossed over $1 million per show in 2015 and had the second highest ticket price
of the year, with an estimated average of $168 per ticket.

$35 million total – 400k attendees – 32 shows

23. Take That

Take That grossed over $1.3 million per show.

$35 million total – 330k attendees – 26 shows

22. Bette Midler

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Bette Midler grossed over $1.1 million per show.

$37 million total – 287k attendees – 32 shows

21. Juan Gabriel

$37 million– 370k attendees – 40 shows

20. 5 Seconds of Summer

$39 million – 808k attendees – 71 shows

19. Elton John

Beautiful September night in London @bbcradio2 @rocketentertainment

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$39 million – 300k attendees – 49 shows
ranked 15th in 2014

18. Dave Matthews Band

$55 million in 2015 – half a million attendees – 36 shows
ranked 24th last year

17. André Rieu

Happy newyear to all my fans! #andrerieu #happynewyear #newyear

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$43 million in 2015 – half a million attendees – 79 shows
ranked 20th last year

16. Madonna

Madonna grossed almost $2 million per show in 2015. Her average ticket prices were over $150 per person.

$45 million total – 300k attendees – 24 shows

15. Ed Sheeran

Thank you global citizen for the amazing work and such a great crowd

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$48 million – 750k attendees – 56 shows

14. Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond grossed over $1 million per show.

$50 million total – 450k attendees – 46 shows

13. The Grateful Dead

Sharing the mic! #bobweir #jerrygarcia #thegratefuldead #gratefuldead #guitarists

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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 – 360k attendees – 5 shows

12. Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters grossed over $2 million per show in 2015.

$55 million total – 700k attendees – 27 shows

11. Katy Perry

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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 – 36 shows

10. Luke Bryan

One more time on this stage. #KillTheLightsTour

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Luke Bryan grossed over $1 million per show and performed for over a million people.

grossed almost $57 million total – with over a million attendees – over 55 shows
ranked 14th last year

9. Shania Twain

$65 million in 2015 – 700k attendees – 68 shows

8. Billy Joel

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Billy Joel grossed over $2.3 million per show in 2015.

$70 million total – 635k attendees – 29 shows
ranked 11th last year

7. Maroon 5

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Maroon 5 grossed over $1 million per show in 2015.

$73 million total – 900k attendees – 62 shows

6. Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac grossed over $1.7 million per show in 2015.

$75 million total – 600k attendees – 44 shows

5. Kenny Chesney

#spreadthelovetour #vabeach

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Kenny Chesney grossed $1.4 million per show for over 1.3 million fans.

$114 million total – 1.3m attendees – 57 shows

4. The Rolling Stones

Mick performs Midnight Rambler at #StonesDesertTrip

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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.
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grossed over $131 million total – with over 700k attendees – over 18 shows
ranked 3rd last year

3. U2

Patti... #U2ieTour

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U2 grossed over $2 million per show in 2015.

$134 million total – 1m attendees – 64 shows

2. One Direction

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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 – 2m attendees – 80 shows
ranked 1st last year

1. Taylor Swift

Swift was the highest grossing artist of 2015.
She grossed over $3 million per show, and played for almost 2 million fans.

$217 million total – 2m attendees – 71 shows