10. Paul McCartney/The Beatles
> Avg. concert ticket cost: $241
> Current tour: None
> Most recent album: Kisses on the Bottom (2012)
The 71-year-old Sir Paul McCartney is still able to leverage the popularity of The Beatles — the best-selling band of all time — as well as his successful solo career. While not officially on tour, McCartney’s live gigs in 2013 commanded an average ticket price of $241. He was also 12th on Forbes’ list of highest-paid musicians in 2013, raking in $47 million. While some may not consider McCartney’s post-Beatles work reflective of his influence, Wings and his other solo projects were also incredibly successful.
> Avg. concert ticket cost: $270
> Current tour: The Truth About Love
> Most recent album: The Truth About Love (2012)
Pink is still riding the success of her most recent album, “The Truth About Love,” released in September 2012. Her song, “Just Give Me a Reason,” was the fourth most downloaded song on iTunes in 2013. Pink, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, sold out numerous venues last year, and another tour is being planned for this year. The average concert ticket price for Pink was $270.
8. Fleetwood Mac
> Avg. concert ticket cost: $282
> Current tour: Unnamed (planned for 2014)
> Most recent album: Preaching the Blues (2011)
Fleetwood Mac’s appeal has spanned generations, and it showed in 2013. The average concert ticket price for the band was $282, making it the eighth most expensive concert ticket. Fleetwood Mac is tied with Neil Diamond as the 24th best-selling band of all time, with 48.5 million record sales. Last year, Fleetwood Mac’s tour grossed $62 million, according to Billboard, prompting the group to announce plans to tour in 2014 as well.
> Avg. concert ticket cost: $282
> Current tour: The Mrs. Carter Show
> Most recent album: Beyonce (2013)
Beyonce’s latest album, “Beyonce,” did not make the top-selling albums list in 2013 because it was released too late in the year. It did, however, manage to shatter iTunes records with over 800,000 downloads in three days. Fans are lining up to see the former Destiny’s Child star on her current world tour and are willing to shell out top dollar. The average cost of one of Beyonce’s concert tickets is $294, the seventh most expensive. Beyonce was also the ninth top-earning musician according to Forbes, making $53 million last year.
6. Roger Waters
> Avg. concert ticket cost: $314
> Current tour: The Wall Live (ended in 2013)
> Most recent album: Ca Ira (2005)
People are still willing to pay top dollar to see Roger Waters, co-founder of the legendary rock band Pink Floyd. Many of the concerts on Waters’ 2013 world tour, “The Wall Live,” were sold out, as the tour may be his last. The average ticket price to see Waters was $314, the sixth most expensive ticket on the list. The 70-year old rock star was also the 15th highest-paid musician in 2013, according to Forbes, with $44 million. His former band, Pink Floyd, is still the eighth most popular band of all time, with 74.5 million record sales. The sometimes controversial Waters is also in the midst of prepping his first album since 2005.
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