U2 tour leads North American concert sales; Springsteen second

By Reuters
Thursday, December 31, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- U2 suffered disappointing sales for its latest album, "No Line on the Horizon," but the Irish rockers were the most popular draw on the North American concert circuit this year, according to data released Wednesday.

The band sold $123 million worth of tickets to its stadium tour, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were second with $94.5 million, the trade publication Pollstar said.

Piano men Elton John and Billy Joel's co-headlining stint was No. 3 with $88 million, followed by rehabbed pop princess Britney Spears ($82.5 million) and hard-rockers AC/DC ($77.9 million).

Country star Kenny Chesney made the top 10 for the sixth consecutive year, landing at No. 6 with $71.1 million. The Jonas Brothers were No. 7, selling $69.8 million in tickets to their young fans. The top 10 was rounded out by the Dave Matthews Band ($56.9 million), Fleetwood Mac ($54.5 million) and Metallica ($53.4 million).

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