Ed Sheeran's First U.S. Arena Tour Doing Big Business

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Ed Sheeran performs during the iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse on September 29, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. 

Ed Sheeran heads up the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $8.1 million in ticket sales reported from his first arena headlining tour in North America. On the road behind the June release of his most recent album, x, the British singer-songwriter kicked off the tour Aug. 21 in Seattle, the first of 18 cities on the trek that wrapped in Toronto on Sept. 18.

Although set primarily in arenas, a handful of other venue types were also added to the mix, including outdoor amphitheater dates in the Washington, D.C., and Boston markets.

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The tour opener was at WaMu Theater, a 7,200-capacity entertainment venue and part of Seattle's CenturyLink Field stadium complex, and the tour's Canadian debut two days later was an outdoor event at Vancouver's Ambleside Park. Also included on the schedule was a two-night club appearance at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas at the end of August. Among the arena performances, the top gross and attendance numbers came on the final night of the tour. Toronto’s Air Canada Centre hosted the finale with a sellout crowd of 14,156 and a gross of $767,910.

Justin Timberlake lands in the second slot on the Hot Tours tally with the final two dates reported from his 20/20 Experience tour's six-city Oceania jaunt in September and October.

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Box office revenue totaled $7.1 million from 57,106 sold tickets at two-night stints in both Perth Arena in Western Australia and Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

The pop superstar also performed in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney during the trek Down Under that kicked off on Sept. 18. All 13 concerts were sellouts during the Oceania leg that added $22.5 million in revenue to the tour's overall gross that now totals $204 million since its late 2013 launch. On Nov. 20, Timberlake will kick off the tour's final trek through North America that will wrap with a two-night stand at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Jan. 1 and 2.

Miley Cyrus has wrapped her 2014 world tour after an eight-month run, ending with a final sweep through six markets in Australia and New Zealand. She earns this week's No. 3 Hot Tours ranking with $6.8 million in sales from all six venues during her tour’s Oceania trek produced by Melbourne-based concert promoter, Dainty Group.

With an attendance count topping 70,000 during the run, the highest number of sold tickets was logged at Sydney’s Allphones Arena with 15,308 fans in the house on Oct. 17.

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Touring in support of her RCA album Bangerz, released in October of 2013, Cyrus hit the road in February, launching on Valentine’s Day in Vancouver. The first leg in North America ran through mid-April and included 31 cities on the itinerary. A European leg followed in May and June, and a second North American run began on August 1. The trek included arena performances in nine U.S. cities during August, and a series of Latin American performances followed during the fall. The Bangerz tour wrapped with an overall gross totaling $58 million based on box office revenue reported to Billboard.


HOT TOURS - Oct. 29, 2014


Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Oct. 22-28





Total Gross


Show Date Range


Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)


Total Attendance (Capacity)







Aug. 21-Sept. 18


WaMu Theater, Seattle (1/1)


Ambleside Park, Vancouver (1/1)


SAP Center, San Jose (1/1)


Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/1)


The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas (2/2)


Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/1)


Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)


Wolstein Center, Cleveland (1/1)


Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md. (1/1)


Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (1/1)


XFINITY Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/1)


Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte (1/1)


Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)


Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)


Target Center, Minneapolis (1/1)


Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1)


Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich. (1/1)


Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)


163,042 (163,042)







Oct. 8-15


Perth Arena, Perth, Australila (2/2)


Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (3/3)


57,106 (57,106)







Oct. 8-23


Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (1/1)


Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (1/1)


Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (1/0)


Allphones Arena, Sydney (1/0)


Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia (1/0)


Perth Arena, Perth, Australila (1/0)


70,490 (72,831)







Oct. 17-19


i wireless Center, Moline, Ill. (1/1)


Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)


28,046 (28,046)







Oct. 23-25


Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. (1/0)


Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (2/0)


26,121 (27,408)







Sept. 30-Oct. 4


Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles, Calif. (1/1)


San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego (1/0)


Greek Theatre, Los Angeles (2/1)


16,944 (17,598)







Sept. 10-15


Allegan (Mich.) County Fair (1/0)


Washington State Fair, Puyallup (1/0)


19,698 (21,046)







Oct. 6-9


Greek Theatre, Los Angeles (2/1)


Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif. (1/1)


16,353 (16,554)







Oct. 17-19


Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0)


Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0)


14,500 (16,430)







Oct. 18-23


Times-Union Center, Moran Theatre, Jacksonville (1/0)


Broward Center, Au-Rene Theater, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (1/0)


Maxwell C. King Center, Melbourne, Fla. (1/0)


Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla. (1/0)


7,181 (8,644)