The Carters left nothing on the table this year.
As the year-end tallies begin to roll in, it should come as no surprise that Jay-Z and Beyonce are topping lists in a span in which they dropped off a joint album and took their On The Run tour back on the road. This year, The Carters’ On The Run II Tour finished off with $253.5 million as reported by Billboard Boxscore.
They officially wrapped up the full run in October in Seattle in a 48-date stadium trek that included 18 shows in Europe, including a two-night stint at London Stadium worth $11 million with over 125,000 tickets sold. After dropping their Everything Is Love joint album a few dates in, they debuted that “APESHIT” banger in Paris before coming back home for 30 North American shows. Their highest-earning stretch would be from their appearance in Atlanta at the Mercedes Benz Stadium where they racked up $14.1 million.
It marks an increase of 132 percent over the original On The Run Tour, which amassed $109.6 million in 2014. That year OTR was named eighth on the Billboard Top Tours list while this year, OTR II clocks in at No. 3, only competing with Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s respective runs.
Sheeran earns the top spot as he earns nearly half a billion with a staggering figure of $429,491,502 on a tour that he still hasn’t completed for his two-year Divide run, becoming only the sixth tour run to gross more than $300 million in one year. The tour originally kicked off in March 2017 and has a total of 14 legs. After wrapping up his most recent leg in North America last month, he will begin Leg 11 in Latin America in February before finally bringing things to a close in August of next year.
Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour earns her No. 2 with a note of $315.3 million while the rest of the top 5 tours are rounded out by Bruno Mars at fourth with $237.8 million and P!nk who closes out with $180.4 million.