Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And Justin Bieber Among The Top-Grossing Tours Of 2011

Katy Perry

By Zachary Swickey

We already knew that U2 was going to set a new record for highest grossing tour of all time, and of course they have now officially done so – pulling in $293 million more bones this year alone (which means they could pretty much recreate Scrooge McDuck’s swimming pool of money in the real world) from 44 shows as Billboard reports in their list of the top-grossing tours of 2011.

While vets like U2, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters and Take That (Take Who?) take the four top spots, the younger generation of artists aren’t far behind in the money race with birthday girl Taylor Swift rounding out the top five (blowing away several big name acts like the Eagles and Journey who have apparently not stopped believin’). The country charmer grossed a staggering $97 million on her 89-date tour behind Speak Now … 87 of which were impressively sold-out!

Plenty of other MTV favorites managed to make the list. Read on to find out who!

Taylor Swift

With the help of Akon and Tinie Tempah as opening acts, Usher comes in at number seven with just under $75 million. Katy Perry’s long 2011 trek of 98 stops helped land her at number 13 with almost $49 million in revenue and audience attendance of just over a million fans catching the show. Lil Wayne only managed to sell out 14 of his 69 dates this year, but he still came in at number 14 with $46 milli. Justin Bieber only had to perform 35 gigs (27 of which sold out) to take the 15 spot with $44 million (which should help fund his affinity for expensive dates like renting out the Staples Center).

There were still a few surprises (people still go to see Iron Maiden?) like Britney Spears barely breaking the top twenty – bowing at number 19 with $39 million in grosses from her 39 shows. To put that in perspective, Lady Gaga appears at number 8 with $72 million from 45 shows – only six more than Brit.

Check out the Top 20 Touring Acts of 2011 below:
1. U2
2. Bon Jovi
3. Take That
4. Roger Waters
5. Taylor Swift
6. Kenny Chesney
7. Usher
8. Lady Gaga
9. André Rieu
10. Sade
11. Michael Bublé
12. Eagles
13. Katy Perry
14. Lil Wayne
15. Justin Bieber
16. “Glee” Live!
17. NKOTBSB
18. Journey
19. Britney Spears
20. Iron Maiden

Did you check out any of the top 20 acts of 2011 on the road this year? Let us know how the show was in the comments below!