One of the most influential trade publications, American Pollstar has released a global ranking of tour ticket sales for the year from November 22, 2018 to November 20, 2019.
According to Pollstar, the number one ticket seller was Ed Sheeran, which will come as little shock to music lovers. He did 51 shows in 34 cities on his world tour and sold a total of 2,455,718 tickets.
In second place was American singer-songwriter Pink with her "Beautiful Trauma" tour which lasted for 20 months and was attended by more than 3 million fans.
Third place went to Metallica, who sold 1,174,908 tickets and fourth place went to Elton John. The English singer sold 1,566,241 tickets for his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour.
South Korean K-Pop boy band BTS came in fifth place with 1,334,325 tickets sold, surpassing such artists as Ariana Grande, Muse, Bon Jovi and Backstreet Boys. BTS performed 33 concerts in 16 cities across the globe and were also included in the Top 100 Worldwide Tours in sixth place and the Top 200 Concert Grosses (US concerts) in 5th, 6th and 8th place.
.@BTS_twt on 2019 Year Touring per Pollstar:— BTS Mauritius (@BTSMauritius) December 17, 2019
— Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Tours: #5
1,334,325 tickets, gross: $170,348,789
— Top100 Worldwide Tours: #6
— Top 200 Concert Grosses (US concerts):
#5 - Rose Bowl Stadium
#6 - MetLife Stadium
#8 - Soldier Field#방탄소년단 #BTS pic.twitter.com/ZwsqMlVa17
A trade publication for the concert and entertainment industry, Pollstar, was founded in 1981 to cover music events in the United States and worldwide; nowadays it is one of the biggest publishers providing the most relevant data on global concert industry.