Veteran rockers Elton John, Bob Seger among the best-selling touring artists of 2019

Veteran Rockers Elton John, Bob Seger Among 2019’s Best-Selling Touring Artists

Legendary performers in the twilight of their careers were in high demand this year. Famed rockers Elton John, the Rolling Stones and Bob Seger were the best-selling touring artists of 2019, according to Ticket Club data.

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Hamilton dominates 2019 list of best-selling Broadway shows

Hamilton Dominates 2019 List of Best-Selling Broadway Shows

Nearly five years into its run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Hamilton is still drawing plenty of hype. The musical juggernaut once again dominated Ticket Club’s year-end list of the best-selling Broadway shows.

But just as Springsteen on Broadway almost topped Hamilton last year, Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird nearly claimed the top spot. Harper Lee’s classic story has been dazzling audiences since it premiered at the Shubert Theatre last December and featured starring turns from acclaimed screen actors Jeff Daniels and Ed Harris.

Long-running favorites like The Lion King and Wicked were Top 10 fixtures yet again, with a trio of new musicals also among the bunch. Tony winners Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations and Hadestown finish 2019 securely in the best-sellers list at No. 4 and 8, respectively. Moulin Rouge!, which has been a Broadway force since its July premiere, captured the No. 9 sales rank.

See the Top 20 best-selling Broadway shows of this year below. Browse tickets for all shows here.

Top 20 Best-Selling Broadway Shows of 2019

Sales RankShowAverage Ticket Price
1Hamilton$366
2To Kill a Mockingbird$246
3Dear Evan Hansen$189
4Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations$187
5The Lion King$204
6The Book of Mormon$140
7Wicked$146
8Hadestown$224
9Moulin Rouge!$256
10Aladdin$121
11My Fair Lady$185
12Harry Potter and the Cursed Child$187
13The Phantom of the Opera$127
14Frozen$142
15Come From Away$149
16Chicago$130
17Mean Girls$153
18Beautiful: The Carole King Musical$150
19Beetlejuice$154
20The Cher Show$171

Original stories accounted for 55 percent of top Broadway sales, thanks to powerhouse productions like Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen drawing in eager audiences. However, other shows with universal appeal held their own, and certainly made the year’s bestsellers a mixed bag.

Adaptations of books and films encroached on originals and took a 38 percent stake of the year’s Broadway sales. To Kill A Mockingbird and The Phantom of the Opera represented literary representations. Meanwhile, film adaptations were also abundant. The musical adaptations of Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge! and Beetlejuice fared well, as did a trio of Disney productions (The Lion King, Aladdin, and Frozen).

Top Selling Broadway Shows by Category

The least represented category was jukebox musicals, garnering only 7 percent of sales. Ain’t Too Proud and Moulin Rouge! bolstered the category with minor contributions from the now-folded The Cher Show. However, that’s not to say there’s no staying power from jukebox musicals. Shows like Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages have proven their appeal on the Great White Way.

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CMA Fest, Coachella among 2019's best-selling music festivals

CMA Fest, Coachella Among Year’s Best-Selling Music Festivals

Music enthusiasts coast to coast flocked to these large-scale gatherings for their fix, but which ones were the best-selling music festivals of 2019?

Continuing its reign yet again is 2018’s best-seller CMA Fest. The Nashville bash raked in the big bucks this year with its usual full slate of superstar country artists. Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Maren Morris and Luke Combs were among the festival’s many performers at Nissan Stadium, which fans easily filled throughout its four-day run. CMA Fest topped the rest in overall sales, and nabbed an in-demand average ticket price of just over $240.

Just trailing CMA Fest is perennial pop culture phenomenon Coachella. The 2019 edition featured Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala headlining its two weekends. Ticket prices spiked to a high of $650 for three-day admission. That figure was edged a week later by Coachella successor Stagecoach, which pulled just under $700 per ticket.

Texas was well-represented, with Dallas’ Crossroads Guitar Festival coming in at No. 4, followed by Austin City Limits and Austin’s iHeartRadio Country Festival at No. 5 and 10, respectively. Miami and New Orleans-based festivals appeared twice, while traveling festivals like Rolling Loud, Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival and the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball made the list as well.

See the Top 20 best-selling music festivals of 2019 below.

Best-Selling Music Festivals of 2019

Sales RankFestivalCity, StateAverage Ticket Price
1.CMA FestNashville, TN$242
2.CoachellaIndio, CA$650
3.Outlaw Music FestivalVarious Cities$74
4. Crossroads Guitar FestivalDallas, TX$388
5. Austin City LimitsAustin, TX$196
6.iHeartRadio Jingle BallVarious Cities$174
7. Buckeye Country SuperfestColumbus, OH$142
8. New Orleans Jazz FestNew Orleans, LA$285
9. LollapaloozaChicago, IL$207
10. iHeartRadio Country FestivalAustin, TX$164
11.Essence Music FestivalNew Orleans, LA$181
12.Stagecoach FestivalIndio, CA$698
13. Rolling Loud FestivalVarious Cities$451
14. Watershed FestivalQuincy, WA$244
15. iHeartRadio Music FestivalLas Vegas, NV$141
16. iHeartRadio Fiesta LatinaMiami, FL$151
17.Global Citizen FestivalNew York, NY$74
18.BottleRock FestivalNapa, CA$244
19.OVO FestToronto, ON$392
20.Ultra Music FestivalMiami, FL$380

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Jeff Dunham tops list of 2019's best-selling comedians

Jeff Dunham Tops List of 2019’s Best-Selling Comedians

After Kevin Hart eclipsed him in ticket sales last year, Jeff Dunham now has the last laugh. The ventriloquist dominated the industry and ends his year atop the list of best-selling comedians.

A perennial fan-favorite, Dunham secured his top comic status thanks to his extensive touring schedule. His Passively Aggressive and Seriously?!? tours provided dozens of shows throughout the past 12 months. Additionally, Dunham routinely headlines arenas, giving him a leg-up against his fellow comics who frequent theaters.

But venue size did not hinder Jerry Seinfeld. The massively popular funnyman – a mainstay at mid-size theaters – pulled impressive sales figures to trail only Dunham on the year-end list. However, it’s worth noting that Jerry Seinfeld tickets are significantly higher than Dunham and many other comics on the list. Fans paid $177 on average to see the star perform, the second-highest price tag of the year’s 20 best-selling comedians. Dave Chappelle notched the highest average ticket cost per show at $209.

Other big names making the cut include Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Adam Sandler for his 100% Fresh Tour, and Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman and Aziz Ansari.

See the list of Ticket Club’s top 20 best-selling comedians of 2019 below.

Top 20 Best-Selling Comedians of 2019

Sales RankComedianAverage Ticket Price
1Jeff Dunham$103
2Jerry Seinfeld$177
3Gabriel Iglesias$109
4Sebastian Maniscalco$118
5Trevor Noah$111
6Ron White$111
7Jim Gaffigan$112
8Mike Epps$107
9Adam Sandler$118
10Jo Koy$101
11Dave Chappelle$209
12Bert Kreischer$87
13Cast of Impractical Jokers$96
14Steve Martin & Martin Short$176
15Chris D’Elia$77
16Bill Maher$141
17Nick Offerman$81
18Aziz Ansari$110
19Lewis Black$106
20Iliza Shlesinger$76

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Monster Jam crushes 2019 family entertainment event sales

Monster Jam Crushes 2019 Family Entertainment Sales

Monster Jam demolished the competition this year as the best-selling family entertainment event. The long-running monster truck series did a victory lap among other family-focused events, including the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney on Ice and Paw Patrol.

Monster Jam produced more ticket sales than all five of the running Disney On Ice tours combined. This is largely due to multiple concurrent tours – including the Triple Threat Series – which routinely visit large-scale arenas and even the occasional stadium as an added sales boost. Families were also able to enjoy the fun of Monster Jam without breaking the bank. Tickets to the show sold for an average of $46, which falls on the lower end of the pricing spectrum for the best-selling family entertainment events.

The next-highest earner was Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa. Her ongoing D.R.E.A.M. Tour proved an impressive feat in 2019 as she upgraded from headlining theaters to arenas. The teen sensation was in high demand, with tickets to her shows going for $115 on average.

Disney On Ice productions Mickey’s Search Party, Worlds of Enchantment, 100 Years of Magic, Dare to Dream and Frozen were hot sellers, as was the always-popular Paw Patrol Live, the Harlem Globetrotters and Kidz Bop.

See the top 10 best-selling family entertainment events below.

Best-Selling Childrens and Family Entertainment Events of 2019

Sales RankEventAverage Ticket Price
1.Monster Jam$46
2.JoJo Siwa$115
3.Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party$51
4. Paw Patrol Live$61
5.Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment$45
6.Harlem Globetrotters$55
7. Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic$49
8.Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream$46
9.Disney On Ice: Frozen$48
10.Kidz Bop $63

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MLB, NFL have nearly equal power in major sports cities

MLB, NFL Have Nearly Equal Power in Major Sports Cities

For major sports cities with multiple pro teams, local fans try to remain faithfully devoted to each. However, there’s always one team that manages to pull ahead of the pack. Which squads prevailed this year? Ticket Club data found that the MLB and NFL held nearly all the power.

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New York, Las Vegas emerge as top entertainment cities of 2019

New York, Las Vegas Emerge as Top Entertainment Cities of 2019

New York stands alone as the runaway winner of the entertainment business. The Big Apple leads the year’s top entertainment cities in the country, based on ticket sales for all local events. New York’s strong sports environment and concert scene always keep it a fierce market within the ticketing industry. Broadway productions only heighten metropolitan entertainment and earns New York nearly double the ticket sales of the next-highest earning market of Las Vegas.

Sin City, despite having only one professional sports team, rakes in its fair share of ticket sales from endless concert residencies, high-profile boxing and MMA fights, and a variety of other events. Las Vegas also hosts several major music festivals, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival and Life Is Beautiful Festival which help boost its yearly ranking.

Thriving sports and music markets Los Angeles and Chicago closely followed, while Atlanta notched the fifth spot after hosting the year’s most sought-after event: Super Bowl LIII. Boston, Houston and Dallas scored consecutive spots in the bottom half of the Top 10 while Kansas City managed to eek in thanks to the phenomenal sales dominance of the NFL’s Chiefs. Versatile Nashville – host of the year’s best-selling music festival CMA Fest – rounds out the list.

Top Entertainment Cities 2019

  1. New York
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Chicago
  5. Atlanta
  6. Boston
  7. Houston
  8. Dallas
  9. Kansas City
  10. Nashville

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KC Chiefs control 2019 best-selling sporting events of 2019

KC Chiefs Control Year-End List of Best-Selling Sporting Events

Thousands of professional sporting events took place over the last 12 months, but the NFL’s fanbase made it the most dominant league in ticket sales, according to Ticket Club data. From Super Bowl LIII to several Kansas City Chiefs games, the NFL nabbed the majority of 2019’s best-selling sporting events.

Continuing its dominance in recent years, the Super Bowl once again could not be caught as the best-selling sports game of 2019. Held in Atlanta, Super Bowl LIII saw the Patriots overcome the Rams to hoist their sixth Lombardi trophy and was met with sensational sales figures. Of course, the overwhelming demand for tickets drove up prices to to over $3,600 on average – a driving factor in sky-high total sales.

But while the Super Bowl reigned supreme, the NFL as a whole – and the Kansas City Chiefs, in particular – proved the most popular among sports fans. Six of the Chiefs’ eight home games this season landed in the top 20 best-selling sporting events. Kansas City has surged as one of the most powerful sports cities in the country and the Chiefs continue to flex their muscles as the NFL’s best-selling team for the second consecutive year.

October’s Cowboys-Packers bout in Dallas was among the year’s best-selling sporting events, as well as four playoff clashes in the beginning of the year. Overall, the NFL accounted for 11 of the Top 20 events and is the indisputable leader in sports tickets.

Ticket Club’s Top 20 Best-Selling Sporting Events of 2019

Sales RankEventDateVenueCity, StateAverage Ticket Price
1Super Bowl LIII: Los Angeles Rams v. New England Patriots2/3/2019Mercedes-Benz StadiumAtlanta, GA$3,639
2AFC Championship: Kansas City Chiefs v. New England Patriots1/20/2019Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO$325
3WWE WrestleMania XXXV4/7/2019MetLife StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ$336
4Kansas City Chiefs v. Green Bay Packers10/27/2019Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO$288
5CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: Mexico v. US7/7/2019Soldier Field StadiumChicago, IL$1,820
6Kansas City Chiefs v. Baltimore Ravens9/22/2019Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO$175
7AFC Divisional: Kansas City Chiefs v. Indianapolis Colts1/12/2019Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, MO$694
8NFC Divisional: Los Angeles Rams v. Dallas Cowboys1/12/2019Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA$365
9Kansas City Chiefs v. Houston Texans10/13/2019Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO$173
10Kansas City Chiefs v. Minnesota Vikings11/3/2019Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO$221
11World Series Game 410/26/2019Nationals ParkWashington, DC$1,393
12Kansas City Chiefs v. Indianapolis Colts10/6/2019Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO$150
13World Series Game 310/25/2019Nationals ParkWashington, DC$1,209
14Kansas City Chiefs v. Oakland Raiders12/1/2019Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO$167
15Kentucky Derby5/4/2019Churchill DownsLouisville, KY$446
16Dallas Cowboys v. Green Bay Packers10/6/2019AT&T StadiumArlington, TX$300
17International Friendly: Mexico v. Argentina9/10/2019AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX$113
18CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals: Haiti v. Canada, Mexico v. Costa Rica6/29/2019NRG StadiumHouston, TX$82
19World Series Game 510/27/2019Nationals ParkWashington, DC$1,053
20World Series Game 610/29/2019Minute Maid ParkHouston, TX$1,040

The World Series grabbed four spots on the list, while international soccer earned three. WrestleMania notched the No. 3 spot, and the Kentucky Derby ranked No. 15.

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Best-selling venues of 2019 include MSG, Arrowhead Stadium

Best-Selling Venues of 2019 include MSG, Arrowhead Stadium

With so much entertainment to go around in 2019, major venues around the country faced stiff competition to become the supreme seller. Ultimately, the year’s best-selling venues include a mix of ballparks, stadiums and theaters, led by “The World’s Most Famous Arena” – Madison Square Garden.

The New York staple ranked first once again for its wide array of events. MSG clocked the most ticket sales thanks to being home to two professional sports teams and hosting dozens of sold-out concerts and other special events. Its best-selling show occurred over the summer when Queen and Adam Lambert’s successful Rhapsody Tour rolled through.

Claiming the second spot among the year’s best-selling venues is Arrowhead Stadium. Given the overwhelming force the Kansas City Chiefs are when it comes to ticket sales, their home turf firmly stands as the best-selling NFL stadium.

Four other NFL stadiums joined Arrowhead in the year-end Top 20 list, while two theaters made the cut: Broadway’s Hamilton-dwelling Richard Rodgers Theatre and Las Vegas’ Park Theater at Park MGM.

See the Top 20 best-selling venues of 2019 below.

Top 20 Best-Selling Venues of 2019

Sales RankVenueCity, StateBest-Selling Event
1.Madison Square GardenNew York, NYQueen & Adam Lambert – Aug. 6
2.Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MOAFC Championship Game – Jan. 20
3. TD GardenBoston, MANHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 – June 12
4. Staples CenterLos Angeles, CABoxing: Errol Spence Jr. v. Shawn Porter – Sept. 28
5. Richard Rodgers TheatreNew York, NYHamilton – Oct. 11
6. Mercedes-Benz StadiumAtlanta, GASuper Bowl LIII – Feb. 3
7. Bridgestone ArenaNashville, TNLoretta Lynn All-Star Birthday Concert – Apr. 1
8.T-Mobile ArenaLas Vegas, NVCanelo Alvarez v. Daniel Jacobs – May 4
9.MetLife StadiumEast Rutherford, NJBTS – May 18
10.American Airlines CenterDallas, TXCrossroads Guitar Festival – Sept. 21
11.Red Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, COBillie Eilish – June 5
12. Toyota CenterHouston, TXAndrea Bocelli – Dec. 12
13. Pepsi CenterDenver, COElton John – Feb. 7
14.AT&T StadiumArlington, TXDallas Cowboys v. Green Bay Packers – Oct. 6
15.AmericanAirlines ArenaMiami, FLAndrea Bocelli – Feb. 14
16.Park Theater at Park MGMLas Vegas, NVAerosmith – Apr. 26
17.Wells Fargo CenterPhiladelphia, PAQueen & Adam Lambert – Aug. 3
18.Dodger StadiumLos Angeles, CAPaul McCartney – July 13
19.Minute Maid ParkHouston, TXWorld Series Game 6 – Oct. 26
20.NRG StadiumHouston, TXThe Rolling Stones – July 27

Highest-Selling Events Per Venue

The year’s Top 20 venues may be some of the most visited in the U.S. and is easy to see why they are the best-selling. However, many have the element of surprise when it comes to the lone event that contributed the most to their success. Sporting events were noted as the best-selling event in only seven venues, including Super Bowl LIII and Game 6 of the World Series.

Concerts garnered the highest sales of most top venues with a diverse mix of artists in the spotlight. Grammy-nominated Billie Eilish boosted the yearly sales at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre, while classical crossover giant Andrea Bocelli had the best-selling show both in Houston and Miami. Music City came out in droves to see an All-Star Birthday Concert honoring Loretta Lynn at Bridgestone Arena and the Crossroads Guitar Festival featuring Eric Clapton caused the biggest commotion at Dallas’ American Airlines Center.

Major headlining acts like BTS, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney scored the most sales in U.S. stadiums. And despite Lady Gaga having the most in-demand Las Vegas residency of the year, Aerosmith bested her for the opening night of their Deuces Are Wild residency. Both regularly headline the Park Theater at Park MGM.

Best-Selling Venues by Region

Although Madison Square Garden, the Richard Rodgers Theatre and Boston’s TD Garden all landed in the top 5, Northeastern venues were the least represented on the top 20 best-selling venues list.

Nearly half of the year’s top 20 venues are located in the Southern region of the U.S., with five found in Texas alone. West Coast markets – primarily Los Angeles and Las Vegas – accounted for 30 percent of the list.

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Cowboys, Chiefs to Dominate Thanksgiving NFL Ticket Sales

Cowboys, Chiefs on Track to Dominate Thanksgiving NFL Ticket Sales

As millions prepare their Turkey Day feasts, the NFL is prepping for its 100th season of Thanksgiving Day action. And just as they do most years, the Dallas Cowboys are once again on track to dominate all Thanksgiving NFL ticket sales. Continue reading “Cowboys, Chiefs on Track to Dominate Thanksgiving NFL Ticket Sales”