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Guns N' Roses
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While festival season may be in full swing, it's also that time of year when we get a peek inside the highest grossing tours of the year, so far. And the numbers don't lie — you've been going to a lot of live concerts!
Let's start with the big numbers. The top 50 worldwide tours have grossed a combined $1.97 billion in ticket sales, according to Pollstar's mid-year report. Even more exciting are the North American numbers, where the top 100 tours and their gross profit of $1.64 billion topped last year's industry record of $1.47 billion by 11 percent.
But I'm sure you're really wondering who took the top spot on the highest grossing tours list, and if you guessed Guns N' Roses, you would be correct. Their worldwide tour has earned the GRAMMY-nominated rockers $151.5 million from a total of nearly 1.4 million individual ticket sales.
The rest of the top 10 is dominated by GRAMMY winners and nominees, including Metallica (No. 4), Depeche Mode (No. 5), Red Hot Chili Peppers (No. 6), Adele (No. 7), Ed Sheeran (No. 8), Eric Church (No. 9), and Bruno Mars (No. 10).
'2015 GRAMMY Nominees' album
RCA Records and The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Recordings will release the 2015 GRAMMY Nominees album on Jan. 20, in stores and via digital retailers. The 21st installment of the best-selling series features 21 chart-topping hits from a diverse array of this year's GRAMMY-nominated artists and songwriters. In conjunction with the album's release, music fans will have the opportunity to win trips to the 57th or 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
The 2015 GRAMMY Nominees album includes many of the year's prominent recordings and performers, highlighted by all of the nominated artists and songs in the high-profile Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Country Duo Or Group Performance categories. Artists featured on the collection include Iggy Azalea, Beck, the Band Perry, Beyoncé, Charli XCX, Eric Church, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Faith Hill, Hozier, Jay Z, Juicy J, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Pharrell Williams.
"The exceptional mix of recordings featured on this year's compilation not only represent a roster of incredibly talented artists but also provides a unique playlist showcasing some of this year's outstanding GRAMMY nominees," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "It is fitting that our 21st installment album contains 21 exciting selections which music fans are sure to enjoy. We are proud and excited to collaborate with RCA Records on this project and once again look forward to another successful GRAMMY nominees album."
"We are thrilled to work with The Academy on the 2015 GRAMMY Nominees album," said Tom Corson, president and COO, RCA Records. "This 21st installment highlights the amazing talent and hard work of this year's nominees and will delight music fans around the world. It's a true celebration of Music's Biggest Night."
RCA Records and The Recording Academy will offer two opportunities to attend Music's Biggest Night. First, when pre-ordering the 2015 GRAMMY Nominees album at GRAMMY.com/2015GRAMMYAlbum by Jan. 19, music fans can enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 8. In addition, each 2015 GRAMMY Nominees album purchased in stores will include a special game piece featuring a unique code for a chance to play the GRAMMY Ticket Game. To participate, the code must be used at GRAMMY.com/2015GRAMMYAlbum for the opportunity to win a trip for two to the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2016 or a second-place prize of an official GRAMMY Awards T-shirt.
The collection is made possible by a special arrangement with all of the major music distribution companies and rotates labels from year to year. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the album benefits the year-round efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Foundation — two charitable organizations of The Recording Academy.
The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook.
Music's Biggest Night stands as the richest collection of musical talent on any one show, with three-and-a-half hours of nearly nonstop music from today's hottest performers as well as special GRAMMY Moments that create indelible memories for fans.
The star-studded performance lineup for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards has a bit of everything — a number of first-time GRAMMY performances; a world debut performance of Rihanna's new song with Paul McCartney and Kanye West; a high-voltage performance from rock legends; a performance from global icon Madonna; and the best in country, pop, and hip-hop. And don't forget we've got an all-star lineup of presenters and the coolest host around: LL Cool J.
It's a lot to keep track of, so we've compiled a handy alphabetical guide to artists who will be taking the GRAMMY stage. Of course, be sure to stay logged on to GRAMMY.com and follow GRAMMY Live and our live-blog to complement your GRAMMY experience, and in case there's a surprise or two.
And the performers for the 57th GRAMMY Awards are:
Music's Biggest Night will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). For updates and breaking news, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.