Taylor Swift bumps Paul McCartney to No. 2 on summer ticket-sellers chart


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It can’t buy him love, but money can buy Paul McCartney the mightiest summer concert tour.

…Oh, wait. Nope.

TicketsNow has released the numbers for July’s summer concerts in its monthly Entertainment Index, and Taylor Swift’s Speak Now tour sits atop the online marketplace’s list. Her tour accounted for 6.3 percent of all concert tickets sold via TicketsNow last month, bumping Sir Paul McCartney’s On The Run tour to the No. 2-earner spot after it reigned in June.

McCartney’s tour wrapped up its run last week in Cincinnati; meanwhile, Swift will continue her hot streak across North America through November.

Rounding out July’s top five sellers are Katy Perry’s California Dreams tour, Lil Wayne’s I Am Still Music tour and U2’s 360 tour, which wrapped its two-year marathon run on July 30 in Canada.

In the grander scheme of things, T-Swift’s concert clocks in at No. 6 on the list of overall events selling tickets through TicketsNow. The U.S. Open tennis tournament took July’s top honor, accounting for almost one-fifth of all tickets sold on TicketsNow.com.

Tell us how you really feel, guys—is Taylor Swift really the summer’s hottest “ticket to ride?”

Read more on EW.com:

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Paul McCartney rocks Yankee Stadium with epic concert, duets with Billy Joel: On the scene

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  • Chucklehead

    Who’s number three? I can’t stand one and two.

    • Alice

      Anyone who can’t stand Paul McCartney is, by defintion, a “chucklehead.” So you’re well named.

      • Chucklehead

        McCartney hasn’t done anything worth a crapola since his Beatles days. Sorry if I don’t share the same blind idol worship that you do.

      • Ari

        I agree with alice, sir paul has done numerous things worth a “crapola” since the beatles. He has persued his career as a songwriter, world famous musician, and idol like life style throughout his years even after the Beatles, he also has inspired millions of musicians to pursue their dreams as well! He was even United by the Queen if England!

      • Dana

        Chucklehead: Accusing me of “worshipping” McCartney is the lame response of a hater who really doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Like any artist, McCartney’s career is filled with hits and misses. Unfortunately for him, his huge notoriety meant his misses always got more attention than the misses of other artists. Bob Dylan wrote plenty of mediocre songs but no one beats him over the head about it like they go after Paul for crap like Ebony & Ivory.

        You are talking out of your butt, though, about McCartney. His best include Ram, Band on the Run, McCartney and McCartney II, Chaos and Creation, and Electric Arguments. Educate yourself, fool.

    • whatevs

      Probably Katy Perry.

    • Henry

      They’re both great.

    • Elizabeth

      Um, why not source ACTUAL sales instead of using a third-party ticketing website?

      Using a glorified scalping service doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot to me. Actual, definitive numbers do.

  • jj

    Don’t worry, Taylor will buy Paul a diamond ring to make him feel alright.

  • jayne

    Anyone who has seen her tour knows she deserves it. Her vocals were stronger than ever. Her theatrics were incredible. And she was as kind and humble as anyone could be. She is a great entertainer.

    • taylor fan

      I agree 100%!!!!!!! I just love Taylor!!!!!! And nothing is going to ever change that!!!!!

  • Henry

    To be honest, I have been to both and Taylor’s tour really deserves to be No 1. It was spectacular, don’t get me wrong, Paul’s was still sensational, but Taylor’s had the edge with pitch-perfect vocals and theatrics and I had the strongest ‘feel-good’ vibe there I think I have had anywhere!

    • Ben

      Paul’s tour had so many less stops, so of course it could not be number one. By the way, it Taylor’s vocals are “pitch perfect” (as you claim) then she must be using Auto-Tune.

      • Fithri

        Her vocals weren’t pitch perfect but they had improved greatly over the course of the years.

  • MJ

    Taylor Swift definitely deserves this, and if you’ve gone to her concert you probably agree. Like you said, Jayne, she was singing very well and the whole time I was entertained by her fellow performers, too; there was always something to look at (and listen to, of course). LOVE HER! p.s. I’m glad she beat Katy Perry because, honestly her songs are catchy but she herself isn’t that great. Tay rox the singing (no matter what people say) and the songwriting, for sure! In that category, she’s definitely #1

    • taylor fan

      You are so right my friend!!!!!! Taylor is 100% AMAZING!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I am going to see Taylor Swift in concert, and she has really good stage presence, but Paul McCartney is an all around better musician, songwriter, singer, performer, guitar player, you name it.

  • lauren

    Theres no doubt that Paul is more talented. He is music legend and he was in the freakin beatles for crying out loud. But taylor swift has talent too, her voice has improved so much and she makes good music and im so happy to see taylor swift doing so well. She is such a kind, sweet, loving and caring girl. I hope she finds her prince charming some day

    • taylor fan

      Me 2 lauren

  • Karen

    Paul is almost 70 years old. #2 is still quite a feat and I’m happy for him :-)

  • u

    The hearing-impaired must make up a significant portion of concert-goers this summer (and this isn’t a dig at Paul). :lol:

    • u

      No, make that the VAST majority. Almost everyone in the top 5 is devoid of any actual musical talent.

    • lololol

      yes, only taylor and paul are worth watching. been to both and they’re both amazing.

  • Kristin

    Can she get bronchitis again?

    Can’t stand this whiny-teeny-bopper singer.

    Not even country…

    Whiny little tramp, wonders why she can’t get a boyfriend when she writers all these whiny relationship songs. I hear she’s awful in concert. Several people I know that went to her concerts even said so. d

    • taylor fan

      Kristin I think you are just plain jealous of a very beauitful talented Taylor!!!! And please dont call my idol a whiny tramp!!!! Because Taylor is far from that!!!! Taylor is a wholesome sweet caring down to earth beauitful young lady who has a giving heart!!!! And Taylor 150% loves all of her fans!!!!! Taylor treats her fans like they are her best friends!!!!! Iam a older fan. And so what!! Iam proud to say that!! She has fans young & old!!!! Sorry to say Kristin. Taylor is loved by many fans!!!!! And I seen Taylor in concert a couple of months ago. And Taylor was amazingly great!!!!! I had a awsome time!!!!! So your friends were so wrong!!!!!! And if you dont like my girl. Please dont trash her like that!!!!! And stay off of her sites!!!!!

      • cam

        I totally agree with you taylor fan – Taylor Swift is amazing and certainly is a lady. Taylor definitely has a very generous giving heart. Taylor’s voice is strong and better all the time and I love all her music.

        I love Paul McCartney too, but Taylor’s is the concert to experience.

    • lololol

      you’re hilarious on how you hate her but care as much because you just dedicated minutes of your day just to say irrelevant things about taylor lol

    • kayla

      taylor swift has never whined about anything to the public

    • Taylorgirly

      I have heard taylor in concert and i can say HANDS DOWN that her vocals were amazing some songs even sounded better than the album; I also think that a good concert has all the aspects stage presents, good scenery, and overall a singer thats going to give it her all every night and on top of that put in a twist for every show stop –all of that takes dedication and thats why Taylor Swift deserves top spot!

      • mrk

        your all full of it….. you all must be 12 or work for swift…

  • Tony

    I watched her Sparks Fly music Video and i thought it was awesome, i’ll be seeing her in concert September 7th, can’t wait!

  • gary

    why has no talent what so ever4 why do people like her she cant even sing.!!!! she has no voice and she aint that hot looking eather.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • speech-tchr

      But I am sure she spells much better than you!

    • taylor fan

      I know she has more talant then you ever will!!!!! And to me I personally think Taylor is very hot & sexy!!!!!!! Which you are not!!!!!!

  • davey


    • lololol


      • Taylorgirly

        I’m sure you can sing better NO, and if she couldn’t sing how does she have a SOLD OUT world tour and a bunch of awards…think about it and why waste you’re time trash talking? All you are is mean!

  • linda

    Why is this girl so popular, seriously she sings so off key its scary. How does this happen?

    • HR

      Because she’s Taylor effing Swift, that’s why. I guess you’ll never understand the love until you have seen her in concert live or met her in person.

  • Theresa Pine

    I love Taylor Swift’s music and it’s nice to know that country music is growing so fast. Thanks Taylor and keep up the great work

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