Months after Ed Sheeran wrapped his record-setting ÷ (Divide) tour, he adds another Billboard Boxscore win to his already impressive list. As the 2019 year-end charts close, Sheeran is the second act in Boxscore history to have the top-grossing tour for two consecutive years. According to figures reported to Boxscore during the tracking period, he grossed $223.7 million and sold 2,587,445 tickets this year.
The Rolling Stones are the only other act to achieve this two-timer feat, in 1998 and 1999. But in 1999, they were beat in total attendance by Dave Matthews Band and *NSYNC. Sheeran is the first to both outgross and outsell the competition two years in a row.
The 2019 leg of the ÷ (Divide) tour ended in August. Sheeran’s full 2018 run was the year’s biggest tour and had the biggest year-end gross of any tour in Boxscore history. The trek earned $429.5 million during the 2018 chart year, meeting The Rolling Stones in the history books once again: The band previously held the title for biggest year-end gross, with $425.1 million in 2006 for the Bigger Bang tour.