All Around the World: One Direction Had the Biggest Selling Tour of 2014

Photo: onepopz
Photo: onepopz

There’s just no holding back One Direction; Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn are the biggest band in the world and it turns out that their first stadium tour, the Where We Are Tour, was the biggest selling of 2014.

The tour, which consisted of 69 shows in 20 countries, grossed over $282 million and sold almost three and half million tickets; more than double that of the number two touring act, Justin Timberlake.

The 1D lads are now the first act to top the worldwide ticket sales chart in recent years that isn’t likely to be played on “classic rock” stations, which means they’re outdoing the likes of Madonna, U2 and The Rolling Stones. It’s about time, eh?

Not content with their meteoric success, the lovely lads are set to tour again this year. They set off next month on a five-continent, 19-country stadium tour playing almost 80 shows. The final concert is October 31st in Sheffield, and on top of all that touring the band have announced plans for a fifth album. I’m exhausted just writing about it.

One Direction’s fourth album, Four (see what they did there?) was the seventh best-selling album in the UK in 2014 and went straight into both the UK and US charts at number one – making 1D the only group to debut at the top of the US charts with their first four albums.

Four was part of a record-breaking year for UK artists, with the top ten best-selling albums in the country coming from home-grown acts for the first time.  As most of my friends have X, In The Lonely Hour and Four in their music collection, it’s really not surprising.

As part of the US promotional tour for Four, which was released on November 17, One Direction made the rounds of the talk shows including The Tonight Show. Appearing on an episode just before Christmas, the lads joined host Jimmy Fallon and his house band, The Roots, on a rousing rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. It may be a little late for Christmas, but enjoy nonetheless. After all, you can never have too much One Direction.


Sara Hunter Smith