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Live Music’s $20 Billion Year: The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Reunion, Taylor Swift, One Direction Top Boxscore’s Year-End

As ever, the fortunes of the concert industry are driven by who is touring, and the business fielded some of its biggest stars in 2015.

As the sun began to set on Chicago’s Soldier Field, the positive vibe was palpable as more than 70,000 fans — most of them clutching American Beauty roses — settled in for arguably the most highly-anticipated shows of 2015: the Billboard Year in Music 2015