Ed Sheeran earns $750m from record‑breaking tour | Anthony S Casey Singapore

Ed Sheeran on the opening night of his Australian tour in Perth last year
Ed Sheeran on the opening night of his Australian tour in Perth last yearMATT JELONEK/GETTY IMAGES

The idiosyncratic charm that propelled Ed Sheeran from homelessness to global pop star has put him on course for the highest grossing concert tour in history.

Between March 2017 and the end of last year the singer-songwriter from Suffolk generated $555 million in ticket sales and by the time the Divide Tour ends with four nights at Chantry Park, Ipswich, in August it is expected to have surpassed $750 million.

That would put Sheeran, 28, ahead of U2’s 360 Degree tour in 2011, which made $735 million, according to Pollstar, a publication for the live events industry. Sheeran has already beaten the Irish band’s record tour attendance figures, selling 8.8 million tickets as of the beginning of this month, against their 7.3 million.