How entertainment has changed

1999 vs 2019

#20YEARCHALLENGE

Music In Numbers

1999

£22.58

Average gig ticket price

160,746

Average sales for a UK no. 1 single

2019

£56.84

Average gig ticket price

73,563

Average sales for a UK no. 1 single

Top Performing Singles

United Kingdom

1999

  1. Britney Spears - Baby One More Time
  2. Steps - Heartbeat / Tragedy
  3. Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca
  4. Eiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee)
  5. Lou Bega - Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of...)
  6. Shania Twain - That Don't Impress Me Much
  7. ATB - 9pm (Till I Come)
  8. DJ Jurgen Presents Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone
  9. Cliff Richard - The Millennium Prayer
  10. Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle

2019

  1. Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
  2. Lil Nas X - Old Town Road
  3. Calvin Harris & Rag'n'Bone Man - Giant
  4. Dave Ft Burna Boy - Location
  5. Billie Eilish - bad guy
  6. AJ Tracey - Ladbroke Grove
  7. George Ezra - Shotgun
  8. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - Shallow
  9. Lewis Capaldi - Grace
  10. Ava Max - Sweet but Psycho

United States

1999

  1. Believe - Cher
  2. No Scrubs - TLC
  3. Angel of Mine - Monica
  4. Heartbreak Hotel - Whitney Houston ft. Faith Evans & Kelly Price
  5. ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
  6. Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
  7. Genie in a Bottle - Christina Aguilera
  8. Every Morning - Sugar Ray
  9. Nobody's Supposed to Be Here - Deborah Cox
  10. Livin' la Vida Loca - Ricky Martin

2019

  1. Old Town Road - Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
  2. Sunflower - Post Malone and Swae Lee
  3. Without Me - Halsey
  4. Bad Guy - Billie Eilish
  5. Wow - Post Malone
  6. Happier - Marshmello and Bastille
  7. 7 Rings - Ariana Grande
  8. Talk - Khalid
  9. Sicko Mode - Travis Scott
  10. Sucker - Jonas Brothers

Grammy Awards Biggest Winners

1999

Lauryn Hill

The biggest winner at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards was Lauryn Hill. Hill took home five Grammies from the ceremony including Best New Artist and Album of The Year, becoming the first hip-hop act to win the coveted award.

2019

Kacey Musgraves and Childish Gambino

The most recent Grammys saw two big winners, Kacey Musgraves and Childish Gambino. Both won 4 awards each at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Musgraves took home Album of the Year and Best Country Album for Golden Hour, while Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ swept up Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Music Video.

Cinema In Numbers

1999

£4.81

Average cinema ticket price

3,875

Feature films released

2019

£7.22

Average cinema ticket price*

10,706

Feature films released

*Based on statistics from 2018

Top Grossing Films

#1

Star Wars Ep. 1: The Phantom Menace made $1,027,044,677 worldwide in 1999, whereas the top grossing film of 2019 was Avengers: Endgame, bringing in $2,797,800,564 at the worldwide box office.

The Sixth Sense was the second biggest grossing film of 1999, followed by Toy Story 2, The Matrix and Tarzan. Twenty years later, Disney films still draw in the crowds as the remake of The Lion King and Toy Story 4 also made the top five. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest change as Spiderman: Far from Home and Captain Marvel finished third and fourth.

1999

2019

1999

2

3

4

5

2019

2

3

4

5

Highest Earning Actors

#1

Bruce Willis was the highest grossing film star of 1999. This came thanks to his lead role of Malcolm Crowe in the smash hit film The Sixth Sense, which grossed over $293 million in the United States and $379 million elsewhere. Julia Roberts, Robin Williams, Matt Damon and Nicolas Cage rounded out the top five.

Samuel L. Jackson was the top-grossing Hollywood actor of 2019. Jackson’s role as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe led him to appear in Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel and Spiderman: Far From Home. Endgame grossed nearly $2.8bn worldwide. Dwayne Johnson was second for his role in the Jumanji and Fast And Furious franchises. The MCU’s dominance led other stars Karen Gillan, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Pratt to finish third, fourth and fifth.

1999

Credit: © 1999 - Buena Vista Pictures

Bruce Willis

2019

Credit: © 2019 CTMG, Inc.

Samuel L. Jackson

1999

2

Credit: © 1999 - Touchstone Pictures

Julia Roberts

3

Credit: Miramax Films

Robin Williams

4

Credit: Miramax Films

Matt Damon

5

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Nicolas Cage

2019

2

Credit: Frank Masi - © 2019 CTMG, Inc.

Dwayne Johnson

3

Credit: © 2018 CTMG, Inc.

Chris Hemsworth

4

Credit: © 2014 - Marvel Studio

Chris Pratt

5

Credit: Hiram Garcia - © 2019 CTMG, Inc.

Karen Gillan

Theatre In Numbers

1999

19

Shows opened on the West End

£28.84

Average West End Ticket

2019

104

Shows opened on the West End

£45.55

Average West End Ticket

*Based on statistics from 2001

Disney's The Lion King

The live musical version of Disney’s The Lion King opened on London’s West End in 1999. At the time, this was only the third country it had been to since its debut in 1997. Since then, the hit musical has travelled to 20 countries, crossing all continents except Antarctica and bringing light wherever it touches.

Slide the map below to view a comparison of where The Lion King reigned in 1999 and where it rules the savanna now.

MAMMA MIA!

Mamma Mia! premiered on London’s West End in 1999. 20 years later, the ABBA-inspired musical has become an international success. Over 65 million people have now seen  ABBA-based musical, which has been performed in over 50 countries in all six continents of the world.

Credit: Alastair Muir

Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical

The first ever episode of SpongeBob SquarePants aired on Nickelodeon in 1999. 20 years later it is a hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. The musical is now touring across the United States.

Credit: Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Credit: Jeremy Daniel 2019

The Book Of Mormon

The Book Of Mormon didn’t take the stage until 2011. In 1999 its writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone were busy releasing another musical, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

Festivals In Numbers

1999

£83

Price of a Glastonbury ticket

100,500

Glastonbury Attendence

2019

£248

Price of a Glastonbury ticket

203,000

Glastonbury Attendence

Glastonbury

1999

1999 saw REM, Manic Street Preachers and Beautiful South headline the Somerset festival.

2019

Stormzy became the first black British solo artist to headline the Pyramid Stage in 2019. The Killers and The Cure followed on the Saturday and Sunday nights, and Kylie Minogue’s greatest hits set on Sunday afternoon became the most watched Glastonbury performance ever.

Reading & Leeds

1999

1999 was the first year that the Reading Festival held a second leg in Leeds. The Charlatans, Blur and the Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined the two festivals over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

2019

In 2019 Reading and Leeds enjoyed one of its hottest weekends yet. The 1975 made their debut appearance on the Main Stage, while Post Malone and Twenty One Pilots co-headlined. Billie Eilish pulled in one of the biggest crowds of the weekend, and the Foo Fighters rocked the joint, exactly 27 years after Nirvana’s iconic 1992 Reading performance.

Coachella

1999

Coachella enjoyed its inaugural year in 1999 as it was held over two days at the Empire Polo Club, California. Beck, Tool and Rage Against the Machine headlined the first ever edition, while other acts included The Chemical Brothers, Morrissey and Jurassic 5.

2019

In 2019, Coachella celebrated its 20th anniversary and can now claim to be the US’ most important music festival. Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande headlined the festival, while Kanye West held the first ever public Sunday Service performance for Easter.

MethodologY

Music

Average gig ticket price

  • 1999: A study by BBC 5 live’s Wake Up to Money using concert ticket prices at the venues in the National Arenas Association
  • 2019: TickX proprietary data examining concert ticket prices at the same venues

 

Average sales for a UK no. 1 single

  • Both private research by TickX using data from the UK Singles Chart

 

Top performing singles

 

Grammy Award Winners

Cinema

Average cinema ticket price

 

Feature films released:

 

Top grossing films

 

Highest grossing actors

Theatre

Shows opened on the West End

 

Average West End ticket price

Festivals

Price of a Glastonbury ticket