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Bon Jovi Dominates Pollstar's Concert Tour List

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Los Angeles Times (12/31/13) Lewis, Randy

The 20 top-grossing concert tours of 2013 collectively generated $2.43 billion, according to a new Pollstar survey. The top-grossing tour of 2013 was Bon Jovi ($259.5 million), followed by Beyoncé ($188.6 million), Pink ($170.6 million), Justin Bieber ($169 million), and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ($145.4 million). Also in the top 10 were Rihanna, Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal," Taylor Swift, Depeche Mode, and One Direction. The overall ticket revenue generated by the top 20 tours represented a 24 percent increase over the $1.96 billion taken in during 2012, setting a new record for the top 20 touring acts, says Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni. A key change during 2013 may be that most of the top 10 highest-grossing tours are comparatively younger acts that established their careers during the past decade. Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino attributes the change to the rising use of the Internet and social media. In terms of ticket prices in 2013's top 20 tours, the Rolling Stones charged the most with an average of $287.89 on its "50 and Counting" tour, while the least expensive tickets were those of One Direction, which averaged $63.29 a seat.

 

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