In second place was stadium veterans U2, who earned $32.1 million, including north American revenues from their monumental two-year “360 degree Tour“, which ended in July last year.
Underlining the strength of country music in North America, third place was taken by Kenny Chesney — who had taken the year off from touring in 2010. He made $29.8 million.
Lady Gaga came in fourth with $25.4 million, followed by Lil Wayne at $23.2 million and returning British soul/jazz singer Sade with $16.4 million. Rockers Bon Jovi were seventh at $15.8 million, with Celine Dion at $14.3 million. Other big names in the Billboard top 40 earners include Elton John in 13th place with $12 million, a whisker ahead of Katy Perry at 14. The Beatles made no 24 after the Fab Four’s catalogue finally became available on iTunes.
Justin Bieber, who took time off from US touring in 2011, saw his earnings ranking slip to 35th place with $5.5 million, although he still made number nine on Billboard’s year-end Top Artists chart.