Ed Sheeran's 'Divide Tour' Sets New Record For Highest-Grossing World Tour By A Solo Artist
Taylor Swift set a record for the highest-grossing U.S. tour of all time, but when you take the entire world into consideration, her pal Ed Sheeran comes out on top. According to Billboard, Ed’s Divide tour, which started in 2017 and continued into this year, has grossed just under $552 million, which makes it the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist in the history of Billboard Boxscore, the publication’s touring chart, which started in 1990. The previous record was held by rock legend Roger Waters’ tour, which grossed $459 million over three years. The Divide tour has also set a record for the biggest year-end gross in the history of Billboard Boxscore. In 2018 alone, Ed made $429.5 million on the road, breaking the previous record of $425.1 million set by the Rolling Stones in 2006. Ed’s tour was Billboard’s Top Tour of 2018. And by the time he is completely done with his tour in August of 2019, he may break the record for the highest-earning tour of all time. That record’s currently held by U2’s 360 Tour, which earned $736 million, running from 2009-2011. Taylor comes in at No. 2 on Billboard’s list of the Top Tours of the Year, and Beyoncé and JAY-Z, Bruno Mars and Pink round out the top five. Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour toppled The Rolling Stones for the record for highest-grossing U.S. tour in history. It generated $266.1 million and sold over 2 million tickets in the U.S. The Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour in 2005-07 grossed $245 million. While the legendary British band achieved that number across 70 concerts, Swift did it in just 38 between May 8th to October 6th.