Kenny Chesney Lands in All-Genre Top 10 Biggest Tours of 2018
Pollstar has released its annual list of biggest midyear worldwide tours, and one country artist has filled up enough seats to land right in the Top 10. With all the big country tours that have been in motion so far in 2018, it may be a tough job guessing which one — but the honor goes to Kenny Chesney.
The rankings are based on how much money each tour has grossed from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2018, regardless of the number shows performed or ticket price. Chesney did well enough (at $62.1 million) to settle in at No. 8.
Chesney represents the sole country artist in the Top 10, which may come as a surprise to fans of the genre. However, two other artists who can claim country roots or leanings are also in the list — Taylor Swift (at No. 4) and the Eagles (at No. 6).
At any rate, neither Chesney, nor pop dynamo Swift, nor the classic rock stalwart group were able to beat out Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, who took Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. The list skewed heavily towards male artists in solo or group form, with Swift and fellow pop star Pink the only two representing the ladies.
See the full tally below; Chesney is (not shockingly) in very good company with some extremely strong names. The entire top 100 touring acts of the year, which include a much wider variety of country names including Luke Bryan, Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, are available here.
Pollstar’s Top 10 Tours of 2018
1. Ed Sheeran
2. Bruno Mars
3. The Rolling Stones
4. Taylor Swift
7. Justin Timberlake
8. Kenny Chesney
9. Roger Waters
Hottest Country Tours of Summer 2018: