BTS, shown performing at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Dec. 6, took four spots in the top 15 on the Hot Tickets chart for capacities larger than 30,000. (Getty Images)
The color of money: Pink leads the way as 12 touring artists break the $100 million mark in 2019
Pink wrapped her “Beautiful Trauma” tour this fall with a final gross of $384.4 million after a 20-month global run, the second highest ever by a solo female headliner. Only Madonna’s “Sticky & Sweet” earned more ($411 million in 2008-09). The grosses from Pink’s 2019 dates land her at No. 1 on Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Tours of the year based on a $215.2 million gross and 1.8 million sold tickets at 68 shows. In other highlights:
- The Spice Girls were back on tour in 2019 for the first time in 11 years, racking up more than $78 million from 13 performances at eight stadiums in the U.K. and Ireland. The quartet (sans Victoria Beckham) had the year’s highest gross for a concert engagement by a single headliner. Three shows in June at London’s Wembley Stadium earned the pop group $27.3 million with 221,971 tickets sold during the run. The three-night stand is second on Hot Tickets in the More Than 30,000 Capacity category following the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival at No. 1.
- The Eagles headed to Las Vegas to play three nights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in late September and walked away with the largest gross total of the year for an arena event. The band raked in $18.6 million from sellout crowds totaling 37,578 on Sept. 27, 28 and Oct. 5 to grab No. 1 on Hot Tickets in the 10,001-15,000 group. The shows featured the group’s iconic “Hotel California” album performed in its entirety.
- 2019 saw the crowning of a new top-grossing tour of all time, with English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran setting a gross record of $775.6 million for his “Divide” tour. Spanning almost 2 1/2 years, the tour surpassed U2’s “360” trek, which had held the record since its 2009-11 run earned $735.4 million.
- Lady Gaga is a dominant presence on the 5,001-10,000 category on Hot Tickets, taking seven of the 15 chart positions with weekly runs of her Las Vegas residency at Park MGM’s Park Theater. The pop diva offered two shows to fans: “Enigma,” the flashy, theatrical spectacle, and “Jazz and Piano,” featuring standard tunes and stripped-down versions of her hits. With 31 shows in the books from multiple-night runs in 2019, she moved 167,869 tickets, grossing $48.3 million. She will close out the year with a three-night New Year’s Eve run and then return for another series of performances in April.
- Twelve touring artists surpassed the $100 million mark in Pollstar’s worldwide gross earnings for 2019, one more than in either of the two previous years. Pop superstar Pink heads up the list as the top grosser of the year followed by Elton John and Ed Sheeran, each with overall grosses topping $200 million. Metallica and The Rolling Stones rock their way into the top five while South Korean K-pop sensation BTS lands at No. 6. Bon Jovi follows with $134.2 million in sales and Ariana Grande, the only solo female headliner on the list besides Pink, scores the eighth slot. Michael Bublé is next with rock legends Fleetwood Mac (No. 10) and Paul McCartney (No. 11) following. The Backstreet Boys earn $179,000 over the $100 million mark to complete the top 12.
- Mexico City stadium Foro Sol makes a return appearance at No. 1 on Top Stops in the More Than 30,000 Capacity group with total tickets numbering 881,760 from 15 shows. Two-day festivals were the top draws of the year with Electric Daisy Carnival welcoming 219,162 fans in February and Vive Latino attended by 161,784 the following month. Muse was the biggest draw among single headliners with 94,400 seats sold for concerts on Oct. 2 and 3.