◎排行榜冠軍是Ed Sheeran，這位英國流行歌手在2018年的任何年度票房榜上都是冠軍。Ed Sheeran在歐洲10個國家的22個場館的演唱會共售出2,669,136張門票，這比排名第二的Jay-Z和Beyoncé的《On the Run II》巡演多出將近180萬張票，他們在9個國家的15個體育館中賣出了871,012張門票。Ed Sheeran《Divide》巡演的歐洲總收入為2.382億美元，占同期間他的全球票房總收入的55%。他的整體總收入高達4.332億美元。Jay-Z和Beyoncé夫婦去年的全球總票房達到2.54億美元，在歐洲的巡演收入為8760萬美元，佔總收入的34%。
◎排名第三的是德國流行歌手Helene Fischer，雖然她在北美較不具知名度，但她是歐洲的一位巨星；她從2018年2月初到年底所進行的演出於20個城市進行39場，吸引了804,275名粉絲，票房為6730萬美元。搖滾傳奇人物Roger Waters排名第4，他的《Us + Them》巡演在計算的期間內於23個國家的58場演出累積了7870萬美元的總收入。Rolling Stones樂團排名第5，計算期間內在歐洲的演出共售出了750,914張門票，總收入為1.165億美元，和Ed Sheeran是唯二的兩個去年歐洲巡演收入超過1億美元的歌手。
◎Guns N' Roses樂團第6名，其《Not In This Lifetime》巡演在歐洲售出606,393張門票。排名第7的U2《Experience + Innocence》巡演，在9個國家的13個體育場演出共售出488,975張票，32場演出的收入為6460萬美元。Iron Maiden樂團第8名，於22個城市的26場演出售出461,366張票。荷蘭小提琴家André Rieu和他的Johann Strauss Orchestra在39個城市的演出售出404,487張票，排名第9，歐洲總票房達到3740萬美元。流行歌手Justin Timberlake擠進前10名，他的《Man of the Woods》巡演共售出401,585張票，在歐洲19個城市的總票房達到4090萬美元。
A snapshot of concert box office excellence in Europe during the past year shows some familiar monikers on the ranking of Top 10 Tours with the overall number of sold tickets on the continent reaching 8,308,772. For the touring chart in this issue with an emphasis on Europe, rankings are based on ticket sales for each artist, unlike Pollstar's year-end issues which have traditionally ranked top tours by overall gross dollars. Whether counting by the number of tickets moved or the money they produce, one name stands out above all the rest at the top of the list – Ed Sheeran.
The English pop star soared to the top on any year-end reckoning of box office success in 2018, so it stands to reason that, if looking only at sales figures from concert engagements in Europe, he would also claim the top spot on his home continent. Sheeran leads the list of Top European Tours with 2,669,136 total tickets sold at concerts in 22 venues in 10 countries. That's almost 1.8 million more than the No. 2 tour, Jay-Z and Beyoncé's On the Run II that logged 871,012 sold seats at 15 stadiums in nine countries. (For these rankings, Pollstar is using a 12-month time period of Feb. 1, 2018 through Jan. 31, 2019.)
The total gross earnings in Europe from Sheeran's Divide tour totaled $238.2 million which is 55 percent of his total box office take worldwide during the same year-long time frame. His overall gross was a whopping $432.3 million. The Carters' overall gross hit $254 million worldwide last year with their European dates accounting for 34 percent of it. The couple raked in $87.6 million from their stadium trek in European markets.
Following at No. 3 is German schlager singer Helene Fischer. Although less known in North America, she is a massive star in Europe and drew 804,275 fans to her shows from the beginning of February 2018 through the end of the year. During those 11 months she registered a total gross of $67.3 million from 39 headlining performances in 20 cities. Last fall she completed her Helene Fischer Live 2017/2018 tour that kicked off on Sept. 12, 2017 and ran for just over one year before wrapping in Arnhem, Netherlands on Sept. 15, 2018. The tour was set entirely in Europe and included shows at 15 arenas during the 12-month span. All but one of them booked multiple performances, and 13 arenas hosted the tour for at least five nights – 11 in her home country.
Fischer also included a stadium trek last summer during June and July that was booked in 12 cities – in eight of which she also played a five-show arena stint. Leipzig's Red Bull Arena was the top grosser among the stadiums with $6.2 million in sales from 78,515 sold seats over two nights (June 23-24). It was one of only two stadiums to bring in the tour for two performances. Hamburg's Volksparkstadion also hosted the tour for two nights, grossing $5.4 million from 67,134 total tickets at concerts on July 14-15. Among the arena engagements reported to Pollstar, Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Arena scored the highest gross, taking in $4.9 million from 57,428 sold tickets during a five-show stretch in September 2018.
Rock legend Roger Waters joins the lineup of Top European Tours at No. 4 (see page 21) based on sold tickets on the continent. His total ticket count was 783,341 from 39 stops on his Us + Them tour that ran over a year and a half from May 2017 through early December 2018. During the time period for these rankings, he amassed gross revenue totaling $78.7 million from 58 shows at venues in 23 countries. Germany hosted the most shows with arena dates played in Berlin, Köln, Munich, Hamburg and Mannheim, but Italy and the U.K. followed with four engagements each. A four-night run in Amsterdam produced his highest gross with $5.1 million scored from 58,282 tickets at the city's Ziggo Dome last June.
The Rolling Stones (No. 5) moved a total of 750,914 tickets in Europe during the 12-month span beginning Feb. 1, 2018, based on reports from 13 markets. With a total gross of $116.5 million, the iconic band joins Sheeran as the only act to top the $100 million mark in revenue in Europe alone last year. The Stones' concerts in 2018 were an extension of the opening European leg of the No Filter tour that kicked off in Hamburg on Sept. 9, 2017. So far, sold ticket revenue from the tour tops $236.5 million at the box office from sellouts at 28 shows in Europe since launch. A final jaunt through North America will complete the tour later this year. It begins April 20 at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium and will finish on June 29 with an outdoor event on Canada Day Weekend in Barrie, Ontario.
Guns N' Roses heads up the remainder of the Top 10 at No. 6 with 606,393 sold seats during the group's Not In This Lifetime tour that wrapped in December after more than two-and-a-half years. Overall box office totals from the whole tour reached a final massive gross of $558 million from more than 5 million tickets at 144 reported shows on six continents.
U2 is at No. 7 with a sold ticket total of 488,975 from 13 arenas in nine countries during the band's Experience + Innocence trek. With multiple concerts planned in all venues, grosses hit $64.6 million for the Irish band from 32 performances. Iron Maiden follows in the eighth position on the chart based on 461,366 sold seats at 26 shows in 22 cities on the veteran rock band's Legacy of the Beast tour that launched last year with a European leg. This year the tour is set to play the Western Hemisphere beginning in July in Florida and wrapping in Santiago in October.
Dutch violinist André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra take No. 9 with 404,487 tickets from 39 markets, racking up a combined gross of $37.4 million in Europe. Pop star Justin Timberlake rounds out the Top 10 with a ticket total of 401,585 from his Man of the Woods tour. Sales at European venues in 19 cities account for $40.9 million of his overall gross.