December 21, 2011 20:57

U2's 360° tour named the highest grossing jaunt of 2011

Lady Gaga, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and Bon Jovi also clock up huge figures

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U2's global 360° tour has topped the highest earning jaunt of 2011.

The Irish four-piece grossed $293 million (£186 million) across 44 sold-out gigs with a total of 2.8 million people attending over the last 12 months. The jaunt originally started in Barcelona in June 2009 before concluding in Canada in July this year.

The figures come despite U2 frontman Bono recently admitting that he can't stand to listen to his own voice and thinks he sounds "like a girl".

Bon Jovi, meanwhile came in second, clocking up $193 million (£123 million) across 68 shows while Take That's summer stadium Progress gigs, the highest grossing tour in UK history, came in third, according to Billboard.

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and Taylor Swift completed the top five highest grossing touring artists of the year.

Also in the Top 10 were Kenny Chesney, Usher and Lady Gaga. The latter made over $71 million (£45 million) over 45 shows over the last year with a total attendance of 745,735 people.

Billboard's rankings were based on tours which took place between 1 November 2010 and 8 November 2011.

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