Ed Sheeran has smashed the record for the highest-grossing tour ever, bringing in $776.6m (£636.9m/€700.2m) from almost nine million tickets.

The UK pop star’s two year Divide Tour has surpassed U2, Guns N’ Roses, the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Roger Waters, AC/DC, Madonna and P!nk.

Sheeran shifted 8.9 million tickets at 255 performances in six continents, breaking a number of other records around the world, including the most tickets sold for one artist in one day in Denmark. In Australia and New Zealand, the singer-songwriter broke the record for the highest ticket sales for a single concert tour in both countries.

The final show of his tour, which took place over four days and ended on Monday, was at Chantry Park in Ipswich, England, near his hometown. The stint grossed $12.9m on 139,984 tickets.

“What Ed Sheeran and his team have accomplished in surpassing U2’s records represents the height of achievement in the world of live performance,” said Ray Waddell, president of media and conferences at Oak View Group, Pollstar’s parent company, Pollstar reports.

“While U2’s ‘360’ tour and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ tour were different in many ways, what these two tours have in common are great songs performed well, smart, dedicated teams behind them, tireless work ethic, and, most importantly, passionate fans who connect deeply with what the artist has to say. This is a remarkable feat.”

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