Luke Bryan, George Strait + More Country Artists Among 2014’s Top-Grossing Tours
The list is in for who had the top-grossing North American tours of 2014, and not surprisingly, several country artists made the list.
Luke Bryan had the highest-grossing country tour of the year. His That's My Kind of Night Tour made $62.8 million from 72 shows, landing him in the No. 7 spot on the overall list. George Strait was right beyond Bryan, in the No. 8 spot, with his farewell The Cowboy Rides Away Tour raking in $61.8 million in 26 shows.
Jason Aldean claimed the 13th overall spot with his Burn It Down Tour, which made $52.5 million in 70 shows. Garth Brooks fell one spot behind Aldean with his World Tour, which made $51 million from 51 shows in just eight cities.
Other country artists who made the list include the Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Darius Rucker.
It's no surprise that Bryan had the highest-grossing tour of all the country artists. The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, who played before an astonishing 1.7 million fans in 2014, including four sold-out stadium shows, says he worked harder than ever to deliver the best possible concert to his fans each night.
“We have enjoyed seizing the moments every day on this tour,” he says. “We’ve played all types of shows this year. It’s just as exciting to play for smaller-capacity crowds during a two-day run in the very northern point of Canada as it is to [play for] 60,000 screaming fans at the stadium shows, or for the beach crowds at Spring Break, or to the first-time fan who may have never been to a concert until the Farm Tour came to their small, rural community."
One Direction claimed the overall top-grossing North American tour of 2014, followed by Beyonce and Jay Z in second place, Katy Perry in third, Justin Timberlake at No. 4 and Fleetwood Mac rounding out the Top 5. See the entire list here.
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