Billboard Boxscore Series, Elton John Tops Inaugural Chart


Billboard is introducing a monthly boxscore series where we will chart the top events of each calendar month, providing a more accurate and comparative look at performances over a standardized period. 

The new section will also include the top tours, promoters, and four venues charts organized by capacity, as well in-depth analysis and interviews featuring leading show producers and entertainment executives.


The presence of these veteran acts plus James Taylor, Michael Bublé and Cher in the top half (including Nos. 1-3) of this month’s chart is a reminder that older audiences continue to be a driving force for high-ticket tours. After 2018’s year-end chart was dominated by younger acts like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and the co-billed trek from Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the pendulum is swinging back (though not all the way – Sheeran, Justin Timberlake and Travis Scott appear in the top 10).

Elton, by the way, has  inked a deal that will keep the legend with Universal Music Group for the rest of his career.
According with  Elton’s company Rocket Entertainment, the 71-year old icon has struck a long-term partnership that covers recorded music, music publishing, merchandise, brand management and licensing rights.

The pact ensures that not only is all of John’s voluminous catalog under one roof, but so are his future recordings. John has been signed to companies now under UMG’s umbrella for his five-decade recording career.

Similarly, Universal Music Publishing Group has administered John’s post-1974 copyrights since 2005, and his pre-1974 songs since before then.In a statement, Grainge added, “Elton John is a creative cornerstone of UMG, which has been his home since his earliest days at MCA Records. In parallel with Elton’s stratospheric rise as an artist, UMG has evolved from a ‘label’ and ‘publisher’ into a broad-based global media and entertainment company that is positioned to work at a far higher level and with greater impact with an artist of Elton’s caliber.



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