Music Industry

Published on January 1st, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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And the Biggest Tour of 2015 Was…

Pollstar, the bible of the touring industry, tracks box office grosses through the year. It’s time now to tally up the results of 2015.

Topline Results

  • Gross global revenues for the Top 20 tours: $2.2 billion
  • Total global tickets sold: More than 24 million.
  • Average ticket price globally: $91.74 USD

Top Grossing Artist

  • Taylor Swift with more than $250 million in ticket sales playing to 2.3 million fans.

Artists with the Highest Average Ticket Price

  • Rolling Stones: $174.50
  • Paul McCartney: $155,76
  • Madonna: $127.55
  • Fleetwood Mac: $125.61
  • Elton John: $124.49
  • U2: $118,35

Top 20 Worldwide Tours

Top 20 Tours 2015

Pollstar will release its full 2015 report on January 8.




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About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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