U2 and Taylor Swift Have Biggest-Grossing Tours of 2011

The Bono-fronted band rule both lists of the world and U.S top-grossing tours of the year, while the 'Speak Now' hitmaker scores the second-biggest seller in the States.

AceShowbiz - Who have the most successful world tour this year? Twelve months ago, it were the guys from %cBon Jovi% who scored the feat, but now they have to give the title back to its 2009 champion, %cU2%. Although the %cBono%-fronted band didn't release an album this year, they still got a lot of cash by pocketing a final global gross of $231.9 million from their 360 tour.

Through the extended leg of the traveling show which was launched in 2007 to promote their twelfth studio album "No Line on the Horizon", %cThe Edge% and his bandmates earned the huge bucks from a total of 2.3 million tickets sold at an average price of $97.15 each. Per show, the group sold around 91,000 tickets, according to Pollstar.

%cJon Bon Jovi% and his band, meanwhile, have to settle at No. 3. After collecting a whopping $201.1 million last year, they dropped their tour earning to $148.8 million during the past twelve months traveling across the globe for "The Circle" promo. They are overshadowed by %cTake That% who raked in $224 million with their reunion jaunt with %cRobbie Williams%.

%cTaylor Swift% and %cRoger Waters% round up the top 5 of this year's list. The American country music crooner, who went big with her "Speak Now" tour, bagged a grand total of $104.2 million globally. She's followed closely by the former member of %cPink Floyd% who got an estimated $103.6 million with his lengthy "The Wall Live" gig.

In the United States, the guys from U2 are also the kings of the tour with $156 million. They are followed by two country music artists Swift and %cKenny Chesney% who occupy the second and third place respectively. The former took in around $97.7 million, while the latter netted an estimated $84.6 million through the U.S. road promo of "Hemingway's Whiskey".

%cLady GaGa% and Bon Jovi close the top 5 list in a respective order. The Mother Monster, who's ranked the fourteenth in the world list, collected around $63.7 million worth of tickets from at least 39 of her "Monster Ball" concerts around the States. The New Jersey band, meanwhile, garnered $57.1 million from their 34 shows.

Top World Tours of 2011:

  1. %cU2% - $ 231.9 million
  2. %cTake That% - $224 million
  3. %cBon Jovi% - $148.8 million
  4. %cTaylor Swift% - $104.2 million
  5. %cRoger Waters% - $103.6 million
  6. %cElton John% - $102.7 million
  7. %cRihanna% - $90 million
  8. %cKenny Chesney% - $84.6 million
  9. %cSade% - $83.3 million
  10. %cPaul McCartney% - $72.9 million
Top U.S. Tours of 2011:
  1. %cU2% - $156 million
  2. %cTaylor Swift% - $97.7 million
  3. %cKenny Chesney% - $84.6 million
  4. %cLady GaGa% - $63.7 million
  5. %cBon Jovi% - $57.1 million
  6. %cElton John% - $51.8 million
  7. %cSade% - $48.6 million
  8. %cKanye West% and %cJay-Z% - $48.3 million
  9. %cLil Wayne% - $44.4 million
  10. %cCeline Dion% - $41.2 million

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