Going on tour is one of the most lucrative means of making money for today’s popular musicians. As of June 2017, the U.S. music industry was worth $17.2 billion, according to PwC, and live music concert sales accounted for 43% of all revenue. While these revenues do not all end up in the pockets of the artists, a significant portion does.
With this in mind, it’s no wonder that many popular musicians endure grueling tour schedules, often taking just enough time between concerts to travel to the next city to entertain the next slew of fans willing to shell out hundreds of dollars.
By creating an index based on various metrics such as followers on Spotify and on concert tracking website Songkick, 24/7 Wall St. has determined the 100 most popular musicians going on tour this spring.