The economy may still be tanking, but you wouldn’t know it from the numbers being reported by the music industry.
USA Today says gross revenue from some big tours are on a par with last year, while attendance at major shows is up slightly. The newspaper says fans may be going to concerts as an escape from their daily struggles, or avoiding expensive vacations and taking in music shows instead.
Whatever the reason, the top-10 list of highest-grossing shows for the year is led by country star Kenny Chesney, and includes both new up-and-coming performers like the Jonas Brothers as well as legendary artists like Paul McCartney.
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It’s actually surprising what artists aren’t on this list. U2, for instance, is still on the road, so those numbers may not yet be complete. Then again, there are also some surprises.
Here’s USA Today’s top-10 list. Decide for yourself:
1 – Kenny Chesney – $57.6 million
2 – Elton John & Billy Joel – $55.8 million
3 – Beyonce – $41 million
4 – Jonas Brothers – $36.7 million
5 – Paul McCartney – $32 million
6 – Dave Matthews Band – $31.1 million
7 – Coldplay – $30 million
8 – Idols Live – $23 million
9 – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – $22 million
10 – Fleetwood Mac – $21.1 million
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