10 Blockbuster Concert Tours That Dominated 2023


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Delving into 2023's top grossing tours 

In the realm of music entertainment, where melodies become anthems and stages transform into magical landscapes, 2023 witnessed a spectacle of epic proportions. As the year unfolded, music enthusiasts around the globe found themselves swept away by these blockbuster tours that captivated hearts and conquered box office records.

From stadiums to intimate arenas, the top 10 highest-grossing music tours of 2023 etched indelible marks on the world stage, leaving audiences awe-struck and craving more. In this blog, Hollywood Branded shares an exclusive backstage pass to the resounding success and show-stopping moments from the top 10 highest-grossing music tours of 2023 and celebrates the artists that dominated the charts and redefined live performances.

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In the realm of live performances, the concert stage has become a  arena for the world's top musical acts to showcase their talents. As 2023 comes to a close, the industry is more than alive with the staggering financial success of some of the biggest names in music. Leading the charge is none other than Taylor Swift, whose Eras Tour has not only enthralled over 3 million fans but also grossed an astronomical $900 million, earning the pop sensation a cool $305 million.

The Financial Impact Beyond the Stage

The economic impact of these blockbuster tours extends far beyond the music itself. According to Morgan Stanley, Swift and Beyoncé, who earned $145 million from her Renaissance World Tour, collectively contributed a staggering $5.4 billion to the U.S. economy in the third quarter, which is larger than the GDP of 35 countries. As both stars have concert movies to go along with the tours, Beyonce's is still on the way, the financial windfall shows no signs of slowing down.

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The Cost of the Grand Stage

However, the road to these record-breaking earnings is not without its challenges. The sheer magnitude of global tours involves a abundance of expenses, from a massive entourage of bandmates, backup singers, and dancers to the logistical intricacies of transforming stadiums into concert-ready venues. Even with Swift's average ticket price estimated at $253, the surge in costs post-pandemic, particularly in trucking and freight, poses a significant hurdle.

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Not Every Dollar Goes into the Artist's Pocket

Contrary to popular belief, higher ticket prices don't necessarily translate to higher take-home pay for the artists. The complex web of expenses includes not only the artists' team but also venue rentals, managers, agents, promoters, and ticketing companies, each taking a share of the gross revenue. Sponsorship deals, such as Swift's collaboration with Capital One, play a crucial role in offsetting these exorbitant costs.

The Global Powerhouses of 2023

Forbes estimates that the top 10 highest-earning musicians raked in more than $1 billion from January 1 to August 31, highlighting the financial prowess of these global superstars. Aside from Swift and Beyoncé, other top performers include Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, P!nk, Harry Styles, Elton John, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, and The Weeknd, each contributing their own unique flair to the musical landscape.

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A Glimpse into the Top-Earning Tours:

  1. Taylor Swift - The Eras Tour: 56 shows, $900 million gross, $305 million earnings.
  2. Beyoncé - Renaissance World Tour: 46 shows, $460 million gross, $145 million earnings.
  3. Ed Sheeran - Mathematics Tour: 41 shows, $240 million gross, $110 million earnings.
  4. Coldplay - Music of the Spheres World Tour: 43 shows, $275 million gross, $85 million earnings.
  5. P!nk - Summer Carnival: 37 shows, $300 million gross, $85 million earnings.
  6. Harry Styles - Love On Tour: 49 shows, $227 million gross, $70 million earnings.
  7. Elton John - Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour: 63 shows, $195 million gross, $70 million earnings.
  8. Morgan Wallen - One Night at a Time World Tour: 30 shows, $190 million gross, $70 million earnings.
  9. Luke Combs - World Tour: 30 shows, $125 million gross, $55 million earnings.
  10. The Weeknd - After Hours til Dawn Tour: 30 shows, $158 million gross, $55 million earnings.


As the second half of Taylor Swift's Eras Tour has moved overseas to Asia and Europe, the anticipation for a tour that is expected to gross well over a billion dollars continues to build. The success of these tours not only cements the artists' places in music history but also underscores the undeniable economic impact of the music industry on a global scale. With each note, these performers are not just creating music; they are orchestrating billion-dollar ballads that resonate far beyond the confines of the concert hall. 

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