One Direction has shown no signs of fading away and they are currently on top of the music world. After the initial announcement of dates for their ‘Where We Are’ World Tour, the English-Irish boyband have announced additional dates, most of which are second shows in North American cities. Now totaling 69 dates, One Direction tickets for the upcoming world tour are in the highest demand of any major summer tour, ahead of both Katy Perry tickets and Eminem tickets.
Ticket sales aren’t the only place One Direction beat out Eminem recently. Data from the BPI confirmed ‘Midnight Memories,’ the band’s third album was named the best-selling album of 2013 despite not being released until November 25. Eminem’s highly anticipated ‘Marshall Mathers 2 LP,’ released November 5, finished second behind the album that sold over 4 million copies in just five weeks.
The boyband carries the momentum from record sales into the upcoming dates on the world tour, which is likely to continue setting records. When the tour was first announced, projections suggested the ‘Where We Are Tour’ could be a top ten grossing tour of all time. With the added dates in Toronto, East Rutherford, Foxboro, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Pasadena and Charlotte, ‘Where We Are’ projects to continue climbing that list, with a projected gross of $334 million. At an $88 average face price and an average of 55,000 in attendance for each show, the ‘Where We Are’ Tour could move between The Police’s ‘Reunion’ Tour and Rolling Stones’ ‘Voodoo Lounge’ as the eighth highest-grossing tour of all time.
Cracking the top ten is impressive with the limited number of shows, only Madonna has appears on the list with under 100 dates, but the band has the benefit of selling out stadiums rather than arenas like some of the other tours on the list. A majority of the stadiums have sold out, allowing One Direction to project as the second-highest attendance per show on the top ten list.
‘Where We Are’ kicks off at the end of April with 11 dates in South America. The tour then shifts to Europe through the middle of July before North American dates start on August 1. With the support of new teen-pop phenomenon 5 Seconds of Summer for the North American concerts, demand should be high enough for One Direction to eventually extend tour for a fourth leg and further creep up the top-grossing list. Demand was so great for the North American leg, especially for One Direction Rose Bowl tickets, two shows were added in Pasadena’s famous stadium while seven other cities were given one additional date.
There’s still a month before the tour starts, but at this rate the tour will be in historic territory by its conclusion. After the band sold the most albums during the year with only five weeks worth of eligibility, it would be no surprise to see the millions of One Direction fans push ‘Where We Are’ into the company of music’s elite.source