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Sheeran is No.1 in Canada – StubHub

Ed Sheeran has outsold Bruno Mars to become the biggest draw in Canada this summer, according to ticket sales data released by StubHub.

British crooner Sheeran, who was Canada’s second top draw last time he toured in 2015, outsold No.2 act Bruno Mars by 42 per cent, despite playing one date less than the US star.

The figures relate to sales between today (Monday), which is Victoria Day, to Labor Day, on September 4.

After kicking off a tour in celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree in Vancouver on May 12, U2 made the list in fourth place with just one show at Rogers Centre in Toronto on June 23 – which is StubHub Canada’s most in-demand concert this summer.

On a per-show basis, StubHub said U2 dominates the list with their Toronto show as the band currently outsells the next highest performer, Justin Bieber by 288 per cent and Ed Sheeran by 308 per cent.

StubHub noted that The Weeknd is the only Canadian act to make the top 10, despite home artists taking up the top three slots in 2016.

In addition, StubHub said that it expects to see Canada’s festival sector continue to grow, with Osheaga, Shambhala and Pemberton having been the best sellers in 2016.

StubHub added: “Music festivals continue to be a way for an increasing number of fans to see a multitude of acts between independent headlining tours or acts that have limited or no shows in Canada.”

2017 Top Selling Acts
Based on total sales on StubHub for 2017 Canada dates from Victoria Day to Labor Day:
1 Ed Sheeran
2 Bruno Mars
3 Red Hot Chili Peppers
4 U2
5 Tool
6 Coldplay
7 Metallica
8 The Weeknd
9 Lady Gaga
10 Tim McGraw

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