In a year where musical success was largely determined by who could shout the loudest, the best track record belongs to a megastar who hardly made noise: Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour was the fifth concert tour by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, in support of her sixth studio album, Reputation. The tour began on May 8, 2018 in Glendale and concluded on November 21, 2018 in Tokyo, comprising 53 concerts.
It’s not for a lack of effort. Over the past 12 months, Swift has achieved feats that would make even the most renowned pop stars green with envy. Her Reputation Stadium Tour became the highest-grossing tour in U.S. history, earning a staggering $266 million off more than 2 million ticket sales. She ranked second on Forbes’ highest-paid women in music list, pulling in $80 million (only $3 million behind the list’s leader, Katy Perry). She inked a lucrative new record deal with Republic Records and Universal Music Group, and she topped Billboard’s year-end albums chart with her triple platinum Reputation—which didn’t even come out this year.
Swift is one of the biggest pop stars alive, and there was no doubt she was going to have a massive year. But if you had predicted this level of success at the beginning of 2018, a good deal of jaded music writers would have laughed you out of the room.