U2 Top Pollstar's Top Tour List

 U2 Tops Pollstar's Top Tour List
U2 topped Pollstar's list of top 25 worldwide tours in 2011 with total revenue of $231.9 million over 34 shows. Take That's reunion tour placed second with $224 million, followed by Bon Jovi ($148.8 million), Taylor Swift ($104.2 million), and Roger Waters ($103.6 million). U2 was also Pollstar's top touring act in North America with total revenue of $156 million. Rounding out the top five North American tours were Swift ($97.7 million), Kenny Chesney ($84.6 million), Lady Gaga ($63.7 million), and Bon Jovi ($57.1 million). Pollstar reported a 4 percent year-over-year decline in concert revenue to $1.19 billion in North America in 2011, while worldwide concert revenue remained relatively stable at $2.1 billion. (1/3)

UK Music Sales Down In 2011
Total UK music sales, including digital and physical albums, declined 5.6 percent to 113.2 million units in 2011, according to figures released by the Official Charts Company and British labels trade organization the BPI. The companies attribute the decline to the 12.6 percent decrease in CD sales to 86.2 million. Although digital album sales increased 26.6 percent to 26.6 million units in 2011, CD sales account for more than 75 percent of total album sales. Vinyl sales also increased 43.7 percent to 337,000 units. Despite the overall sales decline in the UK, British singer Adele's 21 became the first album since 2005 to achieve 30 weeks of more than 100,000 in sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last album to reach the feat was Usher's Confessions, which sold more than 100,000 units for 33 consecutive weeks from 2004–2005. (1/3)

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