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DanTDM tops rich list following sold-out tour

British internet personality DanTDM has been named the highest-earning YouTuber of 2017 with a fortune of US$16.5m, bolstered by a recent run of live shows in the US and Australia.

DanTDM, real name Dan Middleton, took to the road with in the US with Live Nation earlier this year, and recently wrapped up a string of shows in Australia, including four sold-out dates at the Sydney Opera House (5,608-cap.).

Live Nation takes YouTuber DanTDM on US tour

DanTDM – whose YouTube channel, which focuses primarily on hit video game Minecraft, has almost 17m subscribers –takes the top spot on Forbes’s list of the highest-paid YouTube stars, released today, ahead of fellow gamer Evan Fong. The 2017 list’s cumulative earnings of $127m is up 80% from the $70.5 million the top ten YouTube stars made last year.

Middleton’s net worth in 2016 was estimated at $10m.

Middleton is the latest YouTuber to establish himself as a major live draw, as agents and promoters scrabble to capitalise on a new breed of digital talent. IQ revealed last August that many agents and promoters feel YouTube personalities – and artists establishing themselves on the video platform – are potentially the stadium headliners of the future. “It’s only a matter of time until YouTube becomes a mainstream media platform, and these stars become household names alongside the people who are getting mainstream media exposure now,” said Coda’s Nick Matthews, who represents YouTuber-turned-arena filler Shawn Mendes.

 


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Live Nation takes YouTuber DanTDM on US tour

DanTDM, one of UK’s most popular YouTubers, will embark on his first North American tour this spring.

The man born Dan Middleton has the fourth most-subscribed YouTube channel in Britain – behind world no1 PewDiePie, One Direction and London-based YouTuber and rapper KSI, and ahead of Adele and Ed Sheeran – and has previously toured the UK and Australia with his live show. His net worth is reportedly around US$10 million.

IQ revealed last August that many agents and promoters feel YouTube personalities – and artists establishing themselves on the video platform – are potentially the stadium headliners of the future. “It’s only a matter of time until YouTube becomes a mainstream media platform, and these stars become household names alongside the people who are getting mainstream media exposure now,” said Coda’s Nick Matthews, who represents YouTuber-turned-arena filler Shawn Mendes.

DanTDM on Tour, produced by Endemol Shine UK and promoted by Live Nation, will see Matthews – whose channel focuses primarily on hit game Minecraft – tour 21 US venues from March to May.

“Dan’s an absolute star and, for many families, a household name”

The tour will kick off at the Orpheum Theatre (2,700-cap.) in Boston, Massachusetts, on 24 March, concluding at San Francisco’s The Masonic (3,165-cap.) on 7 May.

“Dan’s an absolute star and, for many families, a household name,” says Tom Greenwood-Mears, head of live events at Endemol Shine UK. “The tour has been really well received in the UK and Sydney, by kids and parents alike, so we are extremely excited to take it to Dan’s largest market, the US. For any fans of Dan this really is a must.”

Middleton adds: “I’m so excited to be bringing the tour to my amazing fans in America. My American audience have always supported me and this tour is a brilliant opportunity for me to bring my world to life for them. I can’t wait to travel across the country and meet as many fans as possible.”

 


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