Ed Sheeran becomes top-grossing tour ever

Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour has become the highest-grossing tour of all time, according to figures from Pollstar.

Sheeran’s tour, which started in March 2017 and will conclude later this month, has surpassed U2’s eight-year-old record of $735m.

The British popstar still has 12 dates remaining on his 255-concert run, which has so far brought in $736m since kicking off in March 2017. Of the total number of concerts, nearly half have taken place in Europe, followed by 83 in North America, 19 in Asia, 19 in Latin America, 18 in Oceania and four in Africa.

The Divide Tour has also shifted the most tickets of all time, with more than 8.5 million people expected to have attended a show across 43 countries by the time it finishes, breaking U2’s record of 7.3 million people.

Sheeran said on Instagram: “Thanks so much for each and every one of you who have come to a show. 12 shows left, will never forget it.”

Sheeran’s manager Stuart Camp told Pollstar: “What Ed has accomplished is truly incredible… to even be in the same ballpark as [U2] or spoken in the same sentence with a touring act like that is very humbling”.

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