Ed Sheeran beats U2 to claim record for highest-grossing tour ever

The pop megastar has also beaten U2 when it came to attendance figures and days spent on tour.

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Ed Sheeran now holds the record for the highest-grossing tour of all time. The English megastar’s Divide Tour has grossed $736.7 million over 246 shows, according to Pollstar’s calculations.

This surpasses the previous record set by U2 on their 360 Tour in 2011, which grossed $735.4 million over 110 shows. Sheeran has also beaten Bono and co. in terms of tour attendance and days spent on tour – the pop star trumped U2’s attendance record of 7.3 million with a total of 7,315,970. And that total figure has since climbed to 8,504,493, adding his latest shows in Hannover, Germany.

By the time the Divide Tour draws to a close in Sheeran’s hometown of Ipswich on 26 August, he would’ve spent 893 days on the road, besting U2’s 760-day record.

“I just found out the Divide Tour is set to be the highest-grossing tour of all time – this is amazing,” Sheeran said in a statement. “I feel very lucky to have experienced all of the wonderful countries and crowds over the past two and a half years. Thank you to the fans and everyone who made it possible.”

It truly has been a busy year for the 28-year-old. Besides smashing records, Sheeran also made waves when he announced his range of affordable acoustic guitars with Lowden earlier this year. Most recently, he’s enjoyed a third week at the top of the UK charts with No.6 Collaborations Project, his fourth studio album, which features a laundry list of famous friends including Justin Bieber, 50 Cent, Travis Scott and Eminem.

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