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Over the last decade, artists have come and gone, toured and retired. Others continued to rock on and raked in some serious dough.
You read that right. Irish rock band U2 has made more than $1 billion touring in the last decade.
The band embarked on five different tours between 2009 and 2019 – totaling over 300 shows.
In 2011, the “U2 360°” tour became the highest-grossing tour in history, bringing in more than $700 million, according to Live Nation.
The Rolling Stones: $929,196,083
It looks like The Rolling Stones have gotten plenty of “satisfaction” with their $900 million earnings. And that’s just this decade.
The British rock band has been rocking non-stop since 1962 and continues to top the charts five decades later.
The Stones toured six times between 2012 and 2019. Their latest “No Filter” tour brought in $415.6 million alone and sold 2,290,871 tickets, according to Billboard.
Ed Sheeran: $922,361,663
English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran gained some serious traction this decade.
Promoting his “talent over appearance” mantra, the famous red-head brought in $150.7 million in 2015 on his second tour, “X.”
Sheeran broke records in August 2019 with third tour, “÷,” grossing more than $736 million and breaking U2’s record for the highest-grossing tour in history.
Taylor Swift: $899,627,048
Country artist turned international pop star Taylor Swift was just recently crowned artist of the decade at the American Music Awards in November.
Matching her new title, America’s sweetheart also cashed in as the fourth highest-grossing touring artist, coming in just under $900 million.
Swift performed five tours between 2009 and 2018, with a sixth on the way come 2020. According to Billboard, Swift's 2018 “Reputation” tour topped the rest, grossing $266.1 million and selling over 2 million tickets.
“Queen Bey” made waves this past decade with hit after hit.
Beyoncé ran five tours total between 2009 and 2018, each exceeding $100 million per tour, according to Fortune.
Beyoncé’s bombshell album “Lemonade” was just recognized as the best album of the decade by AP. Her “Formation” tour, showcasing “Lemonade,” grossed $256 million – the most out of all five tours