U2's dazzling 360 Tour was the No. 1 show in North American in 2009, according to Pollstar, the concert industry's trade publication. U2's tour grossed $123 million with sales of more than 1.3 million tickets. The Irish rockers are already making a run at the 2010 statistics too, with at least 14 sellouts so far in their ongoing world tour.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band finished a distant second to U2, with $94.5 million, followed by Elton John/Billy Joel ($88 million), Britney Spears ($82.5 million), and AC/DC ($77.9 million). Other notables in the top 50 included the Jonas Brothers (No. 7, $69.8 million), Miley Cyrus (13, $45 million), and Bob Dylan (45, $20.4 million).

The Pollstar article notes, "For all of the financial troubles of 2009, the concert business had an up year. The numbers for the Top 50 tours were better, across the board, than for 2008, be it total gross revenue or tickets sold. Last year, [Kenny] Chesney was the only artist to sell more than 1 million tickets. This year, U2, Springsteen, Chesney, Jonas Brothers, DMB and 'Walking With Dinosaurs' all topped the million mark."

Brickman on PBS

Pianist Jim Brickman is no stranger to PBS specials, with his latest Beautiful World debuting January 5. The concert was taped in Niagara Falls featuring guests Jon Secada, Melina Doolittle (from American Idol) and Orla Fallon (formerly of Celtic Woman). The set list includes a mixture of original hits such as "Peace (Where the Heart Is)" and "The Gift," plus covers like "What a Wonderful World" and "What the World Needs Now Is Love." Check local listings for airdates or pick up a DVD during the station's pledge drive.

Carman gets personal

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, contemporary pop star Carman filled stadiums ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.