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Published on December 6th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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StubHub’s year-end stats when it comes to reselling tickets

StubHub is one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) reseller of event tickets (concerts, sports, theatre events, etc.). A couple of times each year, the company issues a series of lists detailing what people are willing to pay market price for and the lengths they’ll go to see big events.

Top 10 Best-Selling Acts on StubHub in Canada in 2018

Fans from 83 different countries went to see Ed Sheeran this year, giving him the world’s largest international audience.

  1.    Ed Sheeran
  2.    Drake
  3.    Elton John
  4.    BTS
  5.    Foo Fighters
  6.    Eagles
  7.    P!NK
  8.    Justin Timberlake
  9.    Paul McCartney
  10.  Radiohead

Top 10 Best-Selling Artists Around the World* in 2018

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. BTS (They attracted the highest demand per show, drawing fans from 80 different countries.)
  3. Elton John
  4. Foo Fighters
  5. Paul McCartney
  6. U2
  7. Drake and Migos
  8. Taylor Swift
  9. The Rolling Stones
  10. Eagles

The Countries Most Likely to Cross Borders for a Live Event on StubHub

  1. United States (I’m betting that most of them cross the border into Canada)
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Japan
  4. Canada
  5. Mexico
  6. Spain
  7. Germany
  8. Ireland
  9. South Korea
  10. France

Let’s move beyond music.

Top 10 Best-Selling Sports Events Around the World* in 2018

  1. Anthony Joshua v. Joseph Parker
  2. Anthony Joshua v. Alexander Povetkin
  3. NFL London: Philadelphia Eagles v. Jacksonville Jaguars
  4. NFL London: Seattle Seahawks v. Oakland Raiders
  5. NBA London: Philadelphia 76ers v. Boston Celtics
  6. NFL London: Tennessee Titans v. Los Angeles Chargers
  7. Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors on January 13
  8. New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays on March 29
  9. NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
  10. NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors

Top 10 Best-Selling Sports Events in Canada in 2018

  1. Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors on January 13
  2. New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays on March 29
  3. NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
  4. NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors
  5. NHL Eastern Conference First Round Game 4: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
  6. Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors on January 11
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs on March 10
  8. Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs on March 17
  9. Houston Rockets at Toronto Maple Leafs on March 9
  10. NHL Eastern Conference First Round Game 3: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs

Biggest theatre event: Anything to do with Hamilton.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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