5. Justin Timberlake
> Avg. concert ticket cost: $339
> Current tour: The 20/20 Experience
> Most recent album: The 20/20 Experience (2013)
Despite a seven year gap between albums, Justin Timberlake is still one of the most popular artists in entertainment. After the huge popularity of “Justified,” his 2002 solo debut, and his 2006 hit record “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” Timberlake put his musical career on hold. Fans, however, missed him dearly. His album, 20/20 Experience, was the best-selling album in 2013, according to Billboard, and the fourth most illegally downloaded album on the Web. Fans don’t seem to mind the average $339 concert ticket price, as his 20/20 Experience World Tour has sold out in many cities.
> Avg. concert ticket cost: $354
> Current tour: Unnamed
> Most recent album: Long Road Out of Eden (2007)
Despite breaking up and reuniting on several occasions, the Eagles have stood the test of time since releasing their first album, “Eagles,” in 1972. Selling roughly 100 million records since then, the Eagles are the most popular American band of all time, in terms of record sales. They are still filling stadiums and arenas. With classic songs such as “Hotel California,” “Desperado” and “Tequila Sunrise,” the Eagles’ current world tour is going strong. The average concert ticket cost is $279, down from $354 last year.
3. Maroon 5
> Avg. concert ticket cost: $364
> Current tour: Unnamed
> Most recent album: Overexposed (2012)
High-school garage bands can look to Maroon 5 for inspiration. After starting out in high school in 1994 as “Kara’s Flowers,” Maroon 5 is now one of the most popular pop rock bands in the U.S. The band’s latest album, “Overexposed,” was the 21st best-selling album in 2013. Last year, the band recorded three top 10 hits. The band’s $364 average concert ticket price in 2013 was third highest.
2. One Direction
> Avg. concert ticket cost: $460
> Current tour: Unnamed (planned for 2014)
> Most recent album: Midnight Memories (2013)
One Direction’s music video, “What Makes You Beautiful,” generated 12.5 million views in 24 hours on Vevo’s music video Web site, which ranked second all-time on the video site. Last year, the band’s album “Midnight Memories” was the top-selling album in the U.K. One Direction’s popularity has paid off. In 2013, the band earned $42 million, and its members were the 20th highest-paid musicians, according to Forbes. Fans hunting for tickets to see One Direction in its upcoming “Where We Are” world tour can expect to pay $275 per ticket, down from $460 last year.
1. The Rolling Stones
> Avg. concert ticket cost: $624
> Current tour: The 50-Year History
> Most recent album: Hyde Park Live (2013)
Since coming onto the scene a half-century ago, the appeal of the seemingly ageless Rolling Stones keeps growing stronger. With nearly 67 million records sold, the Stones are the 13th best-selling band of all time — and members show no signs of slowing down. The band’s average concert ticket price was $624, making it the most expensive band to see live, according to TiqIQ. The Stones raked in $39 million in 2013, according to Forbes, making it the 23rd highest-paid band that year. Tickets to most of the band’s scheduled shows for this year are sold out.