BB Reports on the top earners in 2015 and X-Factor’s One Direction makes the list. Pentatonix sells out in Berkley and Birmingham while Canadian Idols Hedley (Jacob Hoggard) and Carly Rae Jepsen earn 300K+ in Montreal. Canaan Smith is opening for Brantley Gilbert and crowds in the 6-7.5K range. Colton Dixon continues to tour with Christian music super-star tobyMac across the US. The Voice’s Cassadee Pope opens for Nashville Star’s Chris Young in Alabama. Birmingham, Alabama is the site of two Idol headliners on two different nights: Tori Kelly and Scotty McCreery.
One Direction is the 5th highest earning musical act in the US for 2015. They scooped up $19.6M for the US leg of their tour, $3.1M in sales, $891.8K in streaming (5th highest in streaming) and $652.7K for publishing.
A quick scan of the top 40 shows that, with the exception of a few acts (Adele/Drake), touring is where the bulk of the cash is made for most of the big acts. Taylor is the top earning act with 61.7M in touring and $7.2M in sales. Kenny Chesney is second followed by The Rolling Stones and Billy Joel. Maroon 5, featuring Voice Judge Adam Levine, is 10th. Other judges include X-Factor’s Britney Spears at 22nd and Idol judge Nicki Minaj at 39th.
I think the methodology at the end of the article is interesting.
“The following royalty rates, minus a 4 percent producer’s fee, were used: album and track sales, 22 percent of retail revenue; streaming revenue, 22 percent for current artists and 50 percent for heritage artists. Publishing royalties were estimated using statutory mechanical rates for album and track sales; the Copyright Royalty Board streaming formula; and an average of $2.50 per play for hit radio and 60 cents per play for heritage spins. For labels’ direct deals with interactive services, blended audio and video rates of, respectively, $0.0063 and $0.0015. (A 10 percent manager’s fee was deducted from each category.) Touring revenue, after the manager’s cut, equals 34 percent of an act’s Boxscore.”
Pentatonix, Us The Duo
April 24, 2016: Berkeley, Calif.: Hearst Greek Theatre: 7,340 of 7,340 (SOLD-OUT): $343,160
April 16, 2016: Birmingham, Ala.: Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex: 6,314 of 6,314 (SOLD-OUT): $337,160
Hedley, Carly Rae Jepsen, Francesco Yates
April 22, 2016: Montreal, Quebec: Bell Centre: 6,169 of 6,862 (90%): $317,708
Brantley Gilbert, Michael Ray, Canaan Smith
April 23, 2016: Minneapolis, Minn.: Target Centre: 7,533 of 8,000 (94%): $277,461
April 28, 2016: Green Bay, Wis.: Resch Centre: 6,206 of 6,206 (SOLD-OUT): $229,734
April 29, 2016: Cedar Rapids, Iowa: U.S. Cellular Center: 5,598 of 5,598 (SOLD-OUT): $218,527
tobyMac, Britt Nicole, Building 429, Colton Dixon, Capital Kings, Finding Favour, Hollyn
March 31, 2016: San Antonio, Texas: AT&T Center: 9,682 of 9,682 (SOLD-OUT): $270,541
April 2, 2016: Belton, Texas: Bell County Expo Center: 7,915 of 7,915 (SOLD-OUT): $242,405
April 9, 2016: Milwaukee, Wis.: UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena: 7,165 of 7,165 (SOLD-OUT): $218,019
April 5, 2016: Lubbock, Texas: United Supermarkets Arena: 6,509 of 6,509 (SOLD-OUT): $185,850
April 8, 2016: Omaha, Neb.: Baxter Arena: 6,178 of 6,178 (SOLD-OUT): $174,515
April 10, 2016: Moline, Ill.: i wireless Centre: 5,400 of 5,400 (SOLD-OUT): $159,064
April 1, 2016: Bossier City, La.: CenturyLink Centre: 6,550 of 6,550 (SOLD-OUT): $156,333
April 7, 2016: Wichita, Kan.: INTRUST Bank Arena: 5,555 of 5,555 (SOLD-OUT): $144,413
April 3, 2016: El Paso, Texas: Don Haskins Center: 5,922 of 6,558 (90%): $133,648
Chris Young, Cassadee Pope
April 16, 2016: Orange Beach, Ala.: Amphitheater at the Wharf: 5,320 of 9,091 (59%): $160,070
April 15, 2016: Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Tuscaloosa Amphitheater: 4,590 of 6,859 (67%): $132,689
Tori Kelly, Thirdstory
April 13, 2016: Birmingham, Ala.: Iron City: 1,300 of 1,300 (SOLD-OUT): $40,950
Scotty McCreery, Josh Dorr
April 17, 2016: Birmingham, Ala.: Iron City: 709 of 1,300 (55%): $19,164