The country singer could challenge U2 for the all-time record by the end of his tour.
Garth Brooks is back to setting records at a lightning fast pace. After breaking his previous record for most tickets sold last month he outdid himself this week to break the record once again.
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Brooks sold 183,535 tickets, with an estimated gross of more than $12 million from 13 shows (Sept. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14) at Allstate Arena (where he played two shows in one day four times). According to the latest figures his next stop in Minneapolis has sold more than 188,000 tickets for the 9 day event.
Prior to the current tour, Brooks’ record came from the Minneapolis stand on his last tour in 1998, where the artist sold 163,791 tickets and grossed $3.5 million from nine sellouts Oct. 6-14 of that year, according to Billboard Boxscore.
"I think this is a calculated, well-thought-out plan about how he would become the biggest touring act of all time," an anonymous Nashville touring executive told Billboard.
According to Billboard Brooks is also on pace to threaten U2's all-time tour attendance record as well. U2 has the record of 7.3 million tickets sold for a sum total of $750 million dollars. Estimates put Brooks on pace to break both records if he continues on with his current tour.
If Brooks can average 150,000 tickets sold across 100 markets, he would more than double U2s attendance record. And, if he can average $8 million per market in those same 100 cities then he will also topple U2's record for top grossing tour.
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In December 2013, Brooks announced he would mount a world tour in 2014. He sang "The Dance" and "Friends in Low Places" on the final episode of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in February.