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How Ed Sheeran Set Records -- And Made History -- On The Divide Tour

Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran

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.

Sheeran joins a diverse group of six acts that have won the year-end top honor two or more times. The Grateful Dead (1991, 1993) and Madonna (2004, 2012) have each scored twice; Bon Jovi three times (2008, 2010, 2013), the Stones five (1995, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2006), and U2 holds the record with seven year-end wins (1992, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2017).

Sheeran scored another Boxscore No. 1 earlier in 2019 when he crowned the Top Tours list in April with the month’s highest-grossing trek ($31.8 million from his tour’s Asia leg). But the sweetest win for him came at the tour’s end, when it became the highest-grossing and best-selling tour of all time.

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 21 issue of Billboard.