1D Stadium Tour Earns Over $1 Billion

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According to the UK Daily Star, huge ticket sales for One Direction’s 2014 Where We Are stadium tour have put them on track to surpass rock gods U2 and The Rolling Stones by becoming the first act to break the billion dollar mark (£610million) in a single year.

1D are also set to eclipse U2’s record for average tour attendance which stands at 66,110 for their 2009-2011, 110-show 360° Tour. U2 and the Stones currently hold the top two spots for on-the-road earnings, raking in £467million and £341million for their 360° and Bigger Bang tours.

Harry, Louis, Liam, Zayn and Niall already have 88 dates booked for 2014 at some of the biggest stadiums in Europe, South America and the US. Venues that hold 80,000 plus concertgoers have already sold out across the US, as have others across South America and Europe.

Demand was so enormous for Where We Are tickets 21 American dates had to be added to original schedule. It is absolutely conceivable that still more could be squeezed in before the end of 2014 but that will ultimately be up to the band and its management.

Until now we hadn’t even thought in terms of breaking records. But it would be amazing for 1D to climb to the very top of the tour league so early in the group’s career. That would be a phenomenal testament to the loyalty and support of their fans.’

Last month’s release of Midnight Memories saw 1D become the only British band ever to have their first three albums debut at No.1 in the US charts. Do YOU think the band members will get burnt out?!.. They will be having back to back concert dates for a long long time!

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  • Rah

    They would so get burnt out. I wonder if they actually enjoy doing the tours. I don’t doubt they love to perform, but I can’t imagine it’s much fun performing the same songs everyday.

    • kelseyL

      I’d imagine they are getting burnt out by now. Last tour they did 123 shows so i’m assuming they see 88 as a relief. They are taking a break in 2016. Hope they will make it untiil then and now start it earlier.

  • lol

    I feel like they don’t even care about the music, they’re just trying to milk out as much money as possible before their fame time is up. Seems like their management plans everything for them and they just have to look pretty and do as told. 88 shows is a lot for one year, and the show probably won’t even be good considering not much planning seems to have gone into it. Like I said before, just trying to get the money quickly.

    • Mira

      How is 88 shows a lot their last tour had 123 shows approx and they all enjoyed it, justin bieber toured for a year and a half and he was fine many artists have more tour dates than wwa tour and end up fine. I suggest u goon other posts if u dont like them, just bc they like touring doesnt mean their in it for the money i mean by those standards ur saying every artist is in it for money so i suggest u rethink that bye

      • lol

        Calm down there. They’ve released three albums and have gone on like two long tours all in the span of three years. Maybe 88 isn’t that much, but its still exhausting, especially after coming off a tour with 123 shows. And I wouldn’t really call justin bieber fine, lol. You sound like a typical 12 year old girl, what else did I expect? I never mentioned anywhere that I don’t like them, I just don’t think they are in it for the music and that their management plans everything for them. They are literally everywhere, I’m not just talking about touring. Bye to you to then.

        • Thinking Individual

          Well Bieber has done way more shows then them and he’s doing many other stuff on his shows, a lot of choreography’s is there and interesting sets, I don’t find 1D’s tour that impressing at all, they’re off the key most of the time and sound pretty bad, yet Bieber after touring for over a year and more sounded great here ( I don’t like his personality but he is a great singer ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Daf9AAzOs5g so he IS damn fine

          • hah

            how is that performance impressive? lol.

          • Thinking Individual

            I didn’t say it was impressive, I said it was great since he has been on tour so long and his voice isn’t completely gone, his vocals are on point here and the song sound better live then on the track, I guess I shall leave it there since you will come back with the usual insults to Bieber which I really don’t care about I made my point and stated my opinion if you don’t like it move along.

    • kelseyL

      88 shows is actually less than the average world tour lol. they have less shows this year than last because they are playing at stadiums which holds more people. They are taking a break in 2016. Trying to enjoy for all it’s worth.

      • lol

        I get the impression that not much planning has gone into it because they just finished a different tour. I know they announced it earlier this year when they were still in the middle of a tour, which is why everything seems so rushed with them. Like they’re management is just trying to get the money out fast. And what false information? I literally just said my opinion. Lol.

        • kelseyL

          I understand, but everything is planned out a head of time.I’m aussming that it is in their contract to put out an album for the years that they are signed on just like any other artist, which then follows a tour.I really don’t think anyone would expect them to slow down right now. This is their peak, they have reached such a high state of success, the highest the could possibly reach that stopping now could be crucial to the longevity of their career and trying to get as much done now so that they can take a few years off to enjoy life. Giving fans a number of albums and a lot of music to hold on to while they are away.

        • kelseyL

          Also, in terms of them going on tour I believe it’s a “you demand, we supply” thing. I think whether they like it or not it would be the option of either no tour or doing a lot of shows. It would be nice for them to only have to do few shows, but theirs a lot of places they are going this tour that they never were before. Pretty sure all 1D fans would go into a hysteria if they left so many places out. They are playing on average 60,000 at each show. That would be a lot of disappointed people.

    • Tash

      I disagree. I think they think they are good. They’re just delusional. That’s the issue. But I do agree with their managements plan. It’s a shame, I dont think they know it. Tying in with my first statement.

  • Tash

    Seriously, I will never understand why they’re so successful. As singers and artists its a very painful listen. I feel like they should give Harry a year or so more of vocal lessons and make him one of those crooners who look broken and yearning 24/4. The rest, no thanks. I have reasons but im too lazy to share. But hey, its obvious.

  • Emmy

    Here’s a news flash to you all. I went to see them on tour this past June (2013) in Washington DC. They look exhausted. The show itself was mediocre. I will say that Liam has the best vocals by a long shot, and is really holding himself back by sticking with this group. He really shouldn’t be singing boyband songs, more like some R&B and Jazz. Also, they are really milking it and I think their label is exploiting them. They are burning out (and they’re trying hide it right now). They are LYING if they’re saying touring is fun. It’s extremely difficult unless you have the proper vocal training – ex; Beyonce. Liam seems to be the only one vocally equipped to handle such a tour. I’ve looked at the videos from the tour all the way into Australia and he sounded excellent there. I feel like 1D’s days are numbered, and I won’t be surprised if they are already hate each other.

  • Duckyhoward15

    Liam girls will never understand that without 1D Liam is nothing , I am so proud of them ALL of them

    • boystan

      what about liam BOYS?

      • Duckyhoward15

        They ROCK <3

  • boystan

    liam is really the jt of the band aka the only one who’ll succeed after they break up

    • Duckyhoward15

      I wonder if any of them will sing after the break up

    • hah

      im not a directioner, but we all know that the justin timberlake of nsync in one direction will be harry styles…

      • Unicorn

        Lol, no.Harry needs some vocals lessons, Liam is better.

  • boystan

    i love all of them but liam is my man

  • rhea

    Wow! Some varied opinions here! Good read especially cause I’ve been following 1D but wouldn’t exactly call myself ‘the fan’. Here’s the catch : 1D hardly do any choreography on stage; unlike a lot of the other artistes.Leaving out the travel stress, the only other form of exhaustion would be vocal. Imagining they have considerably young and transforming voices; that shouldn’t be a major problem cause they’ll anyway cater to their core base:youth. The truth is its surprising how they sell. A lot of other artistes do 1 tour over an year or so but 1D have done 3 in 3 years and the turnouts have been anything but mediocre. Coming to their vocal competencies, Liam has the most technical sounding voice, that’s a given. Harry just has a rawer appeal to his voice.. which tween girl wouldn’t love a husky sounding deep tone? And when he has his moments, he sounds great. That said, he could definitely use some vocal training, but mind you, that would only increase his standing than what he already has. Harry mostly takes the cake because he seems to handle fame a lot easier than Liam. Liam appears to be walking on the brink. The others haven’t had a chance for much of their vocals on display. Zayn, yes, but he has his strong areas and sticks to those. It would be a lie to say they will be fine doing 88 shows instead of 137, but they have been taking it well so far, and at the end of the day, the statistics speak in their favor.