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Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift top music earners of 2018

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Ed Sheeran has smashed the all-time record for the most money made in a year by a musician to get in a staggering $430 million in the last 12 months.

The Brit, 27, has sold 4.9 million tickets worldwide to bring in a whopping $8.2 million per week — with his friend Taylor Swift, 29, in the second place, after her tour Reputation earned her $308 million in 2018.

Jay-Z and Beyonce, Pink, Bruno Mars, complete the top five, with the veterans, including The Rolling Stones and U2 also in the top ten of players with most of the year.

US industry data compiled by Pollstar revealed the “Shape of You” singer has taken his previous tour de profit and is now on its way to the most lucrative tour of all time.

His previous tour, Multiplication, a gross profit of $150 million back in 2014/2015, but Sheeran has more than doubled the amount with 50 shows still left to play.

It could now eclipse U2 and The Rolling Stones, who currently sit in first and second place, by the end of the tours.

U2 holds the current record with their 360-degrees tour, which is a gross profit of $672 million between 2009 and 2011.

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It has only been seven years ago that the 27-year-old his debut hit ‘A-Team’ was released.

The recipe for this success is due to the low price of the tickets and the individual talent according to the Editor-in-chief of Pollstar.

Andy Gensler said: “It was a perfect storm of medium-priced tickets, future-classic singles that exploded worldwide and a riveting solo performance.”

Ed’s tickets are priced at about $90, a big difference with the other artists who are in the top ten employees.

Taylor Swift upset many fans with the prices on her tour Reputation.

The Sun revealed that the American starlet was struggling to sell out her stadium tour in the uk because of the outrageous prices.

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The costs ranged from $80 to $740 for the VIP package.

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s OTR II tour had a similar ticket prices, their show that is in third on the highest grossing list.

Sheeran has had a successful year of touring. He won a Brit award, two Grammys, four iHeartRadio Awards and had a guest starring role on “The Simpsons.” On top of this he has been rumored to have with his long-term girlfriend Cherry Seaborn.

2019 is looking to be the star of more money and success with the end of the Gorge tour and a function in a Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis film. All this success means Sheeran would be able to buy his own castle on a hill.

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