Bon Jovi Rules Pollstar’s Top 20 Worldwide Tours

OFFICIAL POLLSTAR ANNOUNCEMENT: BON JOVI IS THE BIGGEST TOUR IN 2013 - WORLDWIDE

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The Pollstar Year End Top 20 Worldwide Tours chart shows Bon Jovi in first place, Beyoncé holding down the No. 2 position and Pink landing in third.

Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. October 9, 2013 (Paul A. Hebert / Invision / AP)

2013 was a record year for the global concert industry. Combined, The Top 20 Worldwide Tours took in $2.43 billion in primary ticket sales, a huge $470.6 million or 24 percent increase over the $1.96 billion generated in 2012.

More artists saw fat pay days in 2012. During the year there were 13 tours that grossed over $100 million, compared with only six tours hitting that monetary benchmark last year.

Not only did Bon Jovi hit No. 1 across the globe, but the band’s $259.5 total gross was also the highest in its career. And they did it without Richie Sambora.

There were also a couple of newcomers to the Top 20 Worldwide Tours. One Direction grabbed 10th place by grossing a total of $114 million, and Bruno Mars clocked in at 17th with his $72.4 million total.

Want more info? Sure you do. Just click here for Pollstar’s Top 20 Worldwide Tours, including average ticket prices, total tickets sold and other data elements guaranteed to spark conversations, initiate debates and transform you into the Einstein of Concerts among your family and friends.

And stay tuned. Pollstar will release all of its 2013 Year End research Jan. 9.