And The Top Selling Female Performer (So Far) Of 2015 Is…


Well according to the largest scalper…er… “reseller” ticket marketplace in the world, StubHub, the numbers are in for the year to date. Since her 1989 world tour was announced, Taylor Swift tickets have been selling fast, and then, of course, resold even faster on StubHub (because clearly these Swifties realized they couldn’t make the concert several months away and had to resell them). Right. Regardless of the morals of this secondary marketplace, it’s bringing in serious revenue and even some artists are jumping into bed with StubHub to try and capitalize on the traffic.

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Here’s the list of top selling divas on StubHub for 2015 so far:

1. Taylor Swift

2. Ariana Grande

3. Shania Twain

4. Lana Del Rey

5. Miranda Lambert

6. Lady Gaga

7. Madonna

8. Lady Antebellum

9. Britney Spears

10. Nicki Minaj

StubHub’s top live acts for 2014 (male and female):

1. One Direction

2. George Strait

3. Luke Bryan

4. Justin Timberlake

5. Beyonce & Jay-Z

6. Billy Joel

7. Fleetwood Mac

8. Bruno Mars

9. Katy Perry

10. Paul McCartney

And Pollstar, which only tracks ticket gross from primary ticket sellers (like Ticketmaster – NOT StubHub) had a slightly different list for 2014’s top grossing acts:

1. One Direction
(Avg gross: $6.4M)

2. Justin Timberlake
(Avg gross: $2.2M)

3. The Rolling Stones
(Avg gross: $7.5M)

4. Katy Perry
(Avg gross: $2.3m)

5. Beyonce / Jay-Z
(Avg gross: $6.4M)

6. Michael Buble
(Avg gross: $1.5M)

7. Lady Gaga
(Avg gross: $1.3M)

8. Eagles
(Avg gross: $2M)

9. Paul McCartney
(Avg gross: $2.8M)

10. Bruno Mars
(Avg gross: $1.4M)

All photos taken from Flickr and used with the creative commons license


Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter and the creator of the music biz advice blog, Ari’s Take. Follow him on Twitter: @aristake

5 Responses

  1. Versus

    Mostly horrid and depressing junk food for the soul.

    Then again, a similar list from almost any year is mostly awful, at least since the 90s.

    (Were the 70s and 80s that much better musically, or is that just either the haze of nostalgia or the natural quality-filtering that happens over time, where we gradually forget all the calculated pablum and kitsch of the past and only remember the worthy?)

    • Nissl

      As a personal project I listened to every #1 from the 40s-90s a handful of months ago. It’s mostly quality filtering over time, as far as the top of the charts go. A lot of things that are best remembered from an era today weren’t chart toppers. That said, if I had to listen to one era again it would be 65-79. A bit higher hit ratio, at least for me.

    • MartinC

      The music that is remembered from the 80s certainly isn’t the same music that was really popular at that time. The stuff that lasts often isn’t hugely recognised at the time it was made.


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