Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan + George Strait Land on Billboard’s 2014 Top 25 Tours List
Overall concert attendance numbers in 2014 weren't as high as they were in 2013, but a few country artists fared well this year, landing on Billboard's Top 25 Tours list.
Luke Bryan was the top touring country artist in 2014, with $61,910,170 in revenue over 72 shows counted. Bryan, who enjoyed the best touring year of his career in 2014, landed in the No. 14 spot on the list, ahead of Elton John and behind Bruce Springsteen. Bryan was also named the top overall country artist of 2014 by Billboard and holds the year's top spot in jukebox plays, according to TouchTunes.
Two spots down, at No. 16, is George Strait. His Cowboy Rides Away Tour was only 24 shows long but grossed over $58 million in 2014. His final show on June 7 in Arlington, Texas, landed at No. 6 on the list of Top 25 Boxscores, with $18 million in sales at that show alone.
British boy band One Direction sits at the top of the list with over $290 million in sales over 69 shows. Other acts at the top of the list include Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Beyoncé and Jay Z, the Eagles and Katy Perry.
In all, the touring industry reported a gross increase of 3.4 percent over 2013, which is a small change compared to the 26 percent increase reported between 2012 and 2013. The gain this year is mostly attributed to higher ticket prices rather than more tickets sold.
Check out Billboard's entire 2014 Top 25 Tours list here.
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