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U2 Named Top Earning Touring Act In 2011

LONDON (VIP NEWS) — U2's 360° show was the highest earning tour of 2011, according to Billboard Boxscore.

The series of shows grossed $293m across 44 sold-out gigs with a total of 2,887,972 people attending.

Take That's summer stadium Progress gigs, the highest grossing tour in UK history, came in third.

A total of 1,851,385 fans saw Robbie Williams rejoin the group for concerts in Europe, grossing £117 million across 29 shows.

Highest earners

U2's 360° tour started in Barcelona in June 2009, it concluded with shows in the US in July this year.

2010's highest-earning act Bon Jovi landed the number two spot this year – 1,851,385 fans saw the Living On A Prayer rockers earn $192m from 68 shows in 2011.

Roger Waters and Taylor Swift completed the top five highest grossing touring artists of the year.

Also in the top ten are Kenny Chesney (6), Usher (7), Lady Gaga (8), Andre Rieu (9) and Sade (10).

Other artists featuring in the top 20 include Michael Buble, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Glee, Britney Spears and Iron Maiden.

Billboard's rankings were based on tours which took place between November 1st 2010 and November 8th 2011.

According to BBC