Ed Sheeran has finished his highest ever profitable music tour with an estimated revenue of $ 775 million that DailyMail.com can reveal.
The English singer-songwriter completed the last concert of his record-breaking Divide tour in Suffolk, England on Monday evening.
And according to figures released exclusively to DailyMail.com by the music retailer Pollstar, the star's final revenue will reach as much as $ 775.5 million thanks to 8.9 million tickets sold on six continents.
His sum overshadows the closest rivals – and long-term top tour record breakers – U2 with more than $ 40 million.
Ed Sheeran closed his massive Divide world tour on Monday in Suffolk, England, with an estimated revenue of $ 775 million, DailyMail.com can reveal
An American PR agency says the long-term gross figures of these global road shows can reach more than $ 825 million.
Sheeran, 28, spent two and a half years delivering 255 designs, with an average ticket price of less than $ 90.
Pollstar has kept the official results of his checkout – with estimated totals for his final of four nights in Chantry Park, Ipswich.
It is a remarkable achievement for Sheeran, who was homeless ten years ago and often slept outside Buckingham Palace and Victoria train station in London.
& # 39; What Ed Sheeran and his team achieved by exceeding U2's records represents the pinnacle of performance in the world of live performances & # 39 ;, said Ray Waddell, president of media and conferences at Oak View Group, who the Pollstar concert publication.
& # 39; Although the 360 tour of U2 and the Divide tour of Ed Sheeran were different in many ways, these two tours have in common that great songs are performed well, smart, dedicated teams behind them, tireless work ethics and, most importantly, , passionate fans who make deep contact with what the artist has to say. This is a remarkable achievement. & # 39;
Pollstar estimates Chantry Park's ticket sales at 154,000, yielding a four-night gross of $ 12.8 million.
The actual checkout counts of the Ipswich shows will be announced at a certain point on Tuesday.
The sum of Sheeran overshadows the closest rivals – and long-lasting top record breakers – U2 with more than $ 40 million. Sheeran broke the U2 record during his German show leg in early August. Pictured: U2 frontman Bono during the band's 360 tour in 2011
Pollstar & # 39; s best performing tours of all time
1. Ed Sheeran
Tour: Divide; Year: 2017-2019; Gross proceeds $ 775.5 million; Sold tickets: 8.9 m; Performance: 255
Tour: 360; Year: 2009-2011; Gross: $ 735.3 million; Sold tickets: 7.2 m; Performance: 110
3. Guns N & # 39; Roses
Tour: Not In This Lifetime; Year: 2016 continuous; Gross proceeds: $ 561.1 million; Sold tickets: 5.1 m; Versions: 145
4. The rolling stones
Tour: A Bigger Bang; Year: 2005-2007; Gross proceeds: $ 558.2 million; Sold tickets: 4.6 m; Sold tickets: 144
Tour: A Head Full of Dreams; Year: 2017; Gross revenue: $ 523.0 million; Sold tickets: 5.3 m; Versions: 114
6. Roger Waters
Tour: The Wall Live; Year: 2010-2013; Gross revenue: $ 460.2 million; Sold tickets: 4.1 m; Performance: 220
7. AC / DC
Tour: Black Ice; Year: 2008-2010; Gross revenue: $ 441.9 million; Sold tickets: 4.9 m; Performance: 165
Tour: Sticky & Sweet; Year: 2008-2009; Gross proceeds: $ 411.1 million; Sold tickets: 3.5 m; Performance: 85
Tour: Vertigo; Year: 2005-2006; Gross proceeds: $ 395.6 million; Sold tickets: 4.6 m; Performance: 131
Tour: Nice trauma; Year: 2018 continuous; Gross sales: $ 380.3 million; Sold tickets: 3m; Versions: 154
Sheeran broke the U2 record during his German show leg in early August, a few months after he took second place with the A Bigger Bang run of The Rolling Stones with a turnover of $ 558 million.
Pollstar shows that Sheeran earns approximately $ 4 million per show on average.
And these ticket amounts do not take into account how much Sheeran earns from tour sponsors, merchandising and more music sales.
Brodie Cooper of the American marketing and PR company PRrrpd added: & # 39; Ticket sales are not at all where the money ends. Sponsor and partnership deals raise millions for someone like Ed, and of course his merchandise income would have been extraordinary.
& # 39; And maybe the longer and more important impact is in the music. When you visit more people, you buy your music, past and present, streaming numbers are rising and TV, radio and online media play your music more – and that means increased royalties.
& # 39; All in all, this results in a considerable compensation for two and a half years.
& # 39; At first glance, these factors helped Ed earn at least $ 50 million. The man also deserves his success and wealth because, unlike many other stars, he has fought to keep ticket prices low so his fans can see him worldwide. & # 39;
Sheeran was crowned the most successful touract of all time after his Messegelande performance in Hanover, Germany on August 2.
At the time, Sheeran said: & i just found out that the Divide Tour will be the most profitable tour of all time – this is great.
& # 39; I feel very happy that I have experienced all the beautiful countries and crowds for the past two and a half years. Thanks to the fans and everyone who made it possible. & # 39;
& # 39; What Ed achieved is truly incredible & # 39 ;, said Stuart Camp, the long-standing manager of Sheeran. & # 39; I thought we might have a chance to achieve the highest visitor record, but not the most profitable tour.
& # 39; I don't think it's a coincidence that my favorite band that grew up was U2. I am not setting ourselves on that level because they have clearly maintained their careers for much longer, but are even in the same range as they are or are spoken in the same way with such a touring act that is very humiliating. & # 39;
Only 18 months ago, humble Sheeran said that if he hadn't been broke and homeless, his career would have been bombed.
As a determined teenager, he went to London to secure shows and a record deal instead of going to college.
He slept on friends' couches and even slept between Buckingham Palace between 2008 and 2010.
He admitted that & # 39; drinking helped & # 39; while staying up & # 39; before he & # 39; until 12 o'clock & # 39; went to sleep on the Circle Line, went to a session – and then repeated: & # 39; it wasn't that bad. & # 39;
Sheeran, 28, spent two and a half years delivering 255 performances, with an average ticket price of less than $ 90. Pollstar shows that Sheeran earns an average of about $ 4 million per show. Pictured: a crowd of 40,000 fans at the Sheeran show in Suffolk on Monday night
The star, who lived on Jaime Foxx's bank during his first trip to Los Angeles in search of a music deal, has insisted in the past that money and success are not his driving factors.
He said: “I had never made music for money, so now that money and success have come in, it makes your life better, more comfortable, but it's not what drives you.
& # 39; You keep going because you strive to become a better musician and that's why more comes in.
& # 39; And if you pursue something, you won't get it, but if you strive to be better at what you do every day, the rest will follow. & # 39;
Sheeran & # 39; s Divide Tour is the third world concert tour of the singer-songwriter.
His fortune is already estimated at around $ 1 billion thanks to his tour revenue, record sales and royalties as his lead writer and many other major hit songs from the past decade.
Although the income from the tour is high, the personal income of the star of Divide has easily exceeded the money invested by stars such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, The Edge and Bono.
Sheeran's production costs are just a fraction of what it takes to send a group around the world – meaning he can take home a whopping $ 500 million profit.
His ticket prices are also among the most reasonable in pop and rock.
The singer charges an average of $ 86.75 for tickets, which was the lowest of any act in recent years.
Sheeran insisted on no VIP ticketing and an aggressive campaign against the secondary market.
It was priced 14.2 percent lower than the average of U2 & $ 39.15 for its 360 Tour.
The final show of the Divide Tour is predicted at 255 shows, while U2 won their money from 110 shows that ran from June 30, 2009 to July 30, 2011.
The Guinness World Record books have Sheeran down to achieve the highest turnout for a music tour, the highest-yielding music tour by a solo artist, and the highest-yielding music tour.
The full financial distribution can be found at https://www.pollstar.com/
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Pollstar produces a weekly print magazine, publishes daily content on Pollstar.com and the e-newsletter & # 39; Daily Pulse & # 39; and conducts & # 39; the world's largest gathering of professionals from the live music industry – Pollstar Live! – who celebrated his 30th birthday in 2019.
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