Elton John & Rolling Stones Lead StubHub Ticket Sales in 2019

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Elton John performs at HBF Park on Nov. 30, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour has topped StubHub’s 2019 Year in Live Experiences report as the top selling ticket. Legacy artists including Rolling Stones, Queen and Billy Joel filled out the top four spots, while Ariana Grande came in fifth. Grande was the only female act to break the top 10, according to ticket sales through the resale site.

Bob Seger, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Luke Combs and Justin Timberlake complete the top 10 spots with BTS coming in at a close No. 11.

“The touring landscape in 2019 was dominated by Elton John and The Rolling Stones,” said general manager of music and theatre for StubHub Jeff Poirier in a release. “The legends they are, fans flocked to see them throughout the entire year as they did with so many legacy rock acts. It’s unusual that so few pop and contemporary acts hit the list this year. Ariana Grande and Luke Combs are the most contemporary acts represented in the top ten, but we do see a stronger presence if we expand our analysis to the top 15 acts where BTS, Florida Georgia Line and Lady Gaga show high demand.”

According to the report, The Rolling Stones and BTS commanded the most sales on average per show in 2019. Despite not cracking into the top 15 artists, tickets on the secondary ticketing site for Billie Eilish and Lizzo were both breakout acts who trended on StubHub’s top in-demand lists regularly throughout the year.

In 2019, Hamilton and To Kill a Mockingbird were the most popular tickets on StubHub in the theater division. Dave Chappelle’s standup show placed the comedian in the top 15 theater events with only 10 performances throughout the year.

Based on sales for StubHub, the only non-sporting event to crack the Top 10 Selling U.S. events was Coachella which came in 6th behind 2019 World Series, Super Bowl LIII, 2019 NBA Finals, US Open and 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, which came in at No. 1-5 respectively.

2019 Billboard Year in Music