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Bon Jovi named top music earners of 2010

Bon Jovi

Story by Jack Foley

BON Jovi’s latest world tour, The Circle, has emerged as the highest-earning gig series of 2010, according to music trade publication Pollstar.

The rockers took $201.1m (£130.7m) from worldwide receipts of ticket sales, just ahead of Australian rockers AC/DC, who came second for the second year in succession with tickets sales from their recent tour totalling $177m (£115m).

Last year’s winners, U2 still came in third, with ticket sales totalling $160.9m (£104.6m).

Lady Gaga and Metallica rounded out the top five, in fourth and fifth respectively – with the former earning $133.6 million (£86.8 million) from her tour.

Ironically, she came fifth in earnings despite having worked harder than any other musician in the top 10, after she played 138 shows.

By contrast, Bon Jovi played 80 shows, AC/DC performed 40 shows and U2 played 32.

Rounding out Pollstar’s list were Michael Buble, who came sixth after taking $104.2 million (£67.7 million) on his tour; the educational family show Walking With Dinosaurs, which came seventh with $104.1 million (£67.7 million), and Sir Paul McCartney, whose tour amassed takings of $93 million (£60 million).

The Eagles came ninth with ticket sales totalling $92.3 million (£59.9 million) and the top 10 was completed by ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, whose dates took $89.5 million (£58.1 million).