Who Had The Top Grossing Tour Of 2011?

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[photogallerylink id=52212 align=left] The list is out!  Rolling Stone says that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]U2[/lastfm] raked in $156 million from 25 shows in 21 North American cities in 2011, making the band the highest-grossing touring act of the year, according to Pollstar. Worldwide, the band pulled in $231.9 million for the year.

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taylor Swift[/lastfm] just missed the $100 million mark in North America, earning $97.7 million over 80 dates in 59 cities on her “Speak Now” tour. Other top-grossing acts were[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Kenny Chesney[/lastfm] ($84.6 million), [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga [/lastfm]($63.7 million) and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bon Jovi[/lastfm] ($57.1 million), who were the biggest earners of 2010.

Rounding out the top 10 were [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elton John[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Sade[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm]’s “Watch the Throne” tour, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil Wayne[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Celine Dion[/lastfm]. Worldwide, the reunion tour of British teen-pop act Take That finished a close second to U2 with $224 million earned, followed by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bon Jovi[/lastfm], Swift and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pink Floyd[/lastfm]’s[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Roger Waters[/lastfm], who took in $103.6 million. The top 25 acts in North America for the year grossed a total of $1.19 billion, down a fraction from $1.24 billion in 2010.

Pollstar, the concert-business trade magazine, tracks ticket sales by calendar year, while Billboard uses a slightly different calendar, this year from November 1st, 2010 through November 8th, 2011. According to Billboard, the highest-grossing worldwide tours for the year were U2 ($293.3 million) and Bon Jovi ($192.9 million), followed by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Take That[/lastfm], Waters and Swift.

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