With 2014 a little more than halfway over with it's safe to say girl power ruled the stages across the U.S. this spring and summer.
Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus were powerhouse performance givers this year. Gaga promoting her Artpop album, just finished the U.S. leg of her tour, Beyoncé finished off her U.S. leg of the On The Run tour with husband Jay-Z, and Cyrus had an NBC special air going behind the scenes of her much buzzed about Bangerz Tour.
Each of these ladies have proved their musical chops prior to their buzzed, and high earning tours of 2014, and this much buzz in 2014 cements their name down in music tour history of 2014.
ArtRave: The Artpop Ball
Lady Gaga's album Artpop was released in Nov. 2013. Gaga is famous for her antics at her previous concerts, one such performance during SXSW in Austin, where she was vomited on, and the Artrave was no different. The concert was a 22 song setlist of hits dating back to her "The Fame" days and her current hits such as "Aura" and "Applause."
The singers previous tour the "Born This Way Ball" grossed just under $200 million, had Gaga not been forced to cancel remaining dates on the U.S. leg of her tour it would have put her over the $200 million gross mark.
As of mid-June, the tour had grossed $13.9 million from the first 14 dates of the U.S. leg of the tour, which was only half of the 37 tour dates scheduled in the U.S. The tour was complete with the crazy costumes and fan interaction one would expect to find at a Gaga concert.
The show itself has received mixed reviews from critics, but Little Monsters around the U.S. flocked to the nearest Artrave despite the mixed reviews. The show began in the beginning of May in Florida, and finished Friday in Seattle. On Thursday's show in Denver, after the show, Gaga was hospitalized for altitude sickness in the Mile High city.
The costumes and fans were in full force during each stop of the Artrave: Artpop Ball, and it shows with the success of this most recent tour in the U.S.
On The Run
While rumors are flying around that Beyoncé may be on the run from Jay-Z, one thing is for certain and that is that the powerhouse couple isn't letting their money go on the run— grossing over $100 million in a 19 date tour.
Mrs. Carter and her rap mogul husband began their stadium tour at the end of June and just wrapped their tour Wednesday in San Francisco. The tour was a 44 song setlist, including most of Beyoncé's repertoire, and Jay-Z's, along with songs the duo collaborated on, such as "Drunk in Love."
Beyoncé had just recently wrapped her Mrs. Carter World Tour at the end of March, with a $200 million gross, making it one of the top ten highest grossing tours of the decade. During the tour Beyoncé released her secret album at the end of 2013.
One crazy incident which happened at the couple's tour was in Los Angeles, where one man bit the finger of another man.
Whether the couple is indeed headed for divorce, or not, they've got one of the most buzzed about concerts of the year, and those not lucky enough to have gone in the U.S., can watch HBO on Sept. 20 when HBO will broadcast the On The Run tour's end in Paris.
She's just being Miley in a whole new era.
Miley Cyrus also had another buzz worthy concert in 2014, promoting her 2013 Mike Will Made It laden "Bangerz" album. To say the concert was anything but ordinary is an understatement.
The 46 U.S. tour date concert began on Valentine's Day and has yet to end it's North American tour dates. The tour was a spectacle to see from the beginning, with balloons hanging from the rafters of arenas, and Cyrus arriving in a giant cutout of her face, with her sliding down a tongue shaped slide.
The 20 song setlist, ranged from "Can't Be Tamed" to "Bangerz," and everything else in between. Each costume was unique, and very Cyrus, along with her infamous twerking, which she showed off at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
NBC aired a Bangerz behind-the-scenes special in early June, and as of Aug. the Federal Communications Commission has launched an investigation, which states there have been complaints the material aired on the NBC special was not suitable for broadcast television.
It's safe to say Miley Cyrus isn't stopping anytime soon, and Miley Cyrus fans, along with everyone else, is now anticipating her next move, which craze will she begin next?