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Top 25 Concert Tours' Sales Flat At $2.1 Billion

By: AP
By: AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Perennially popular Irish rockers U2 were again the top touring band in the world in 2011, repeating their globe-topping haul from 2009, according to trade magazine Pollstar.

The band brought in $231.9 million in 34 shows, narrowly beating out British boy band Take That, which took in $224 million after reuniting with its popular front man, Robbie Williams.

U2's 2009 concerts took in $311 million worldwide.

Globally, the top 25 tours of 2011 reaped $2.1 billion, about the same as last year.

North American gross ticket sales from the Top 25 tours took in $1.19 billion, down about 4 percent from a year ago.

Pollstar editor in chief Gary Bongiovanni said concert promoter Live Nation's efforts to cut down on money-losing shows likely resulted in the decline.


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