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Swift leads country concert bucks

Friday, December 30, 2011 – Taylor Swift enjoyed the top grossing country tour of 2011 in North America, selling almost $100 million worth of tickets. She also had the fourth biggest world-wide tour of 2011.

Kenny Chesney had the third biggest tour with Jason Aldean 23rd and Keith Urban 25th.

U2 had the biggest world-wide and North American tours with a gross of $156 million, selling 1.7 million tickets in 25 shows in North America. The band had an overall gross of $231.9 million.

Swift grossed $97.7 million in 80 shows. Her average ticket price was $71.54 compared to $91.67 for U2. She sold 1.365 million tickets on her Speak Now tour with an average gross per show of $1.656 million. Swift enjoyed a world-wide gross of $104.2 million in 100 shows.

Chesney had an overall gross of $84.6 million over 55 shows and total tickets sold of 1.162 million. His average ticket price was $72.78. Chesney was eighth worldwide, although he played no shows outside of North America.

Aldean sold 817,210 tickets in 62 shows for a gross of $28.3 million. His average ticket price was $34.63, by far the lowest of anyone else in the top 25. Katy Perry was one spot above Aldean in total gross and also the next lowest average ticket price at $42.93. Celine Dion had the highest average ticket price at $166.71 for her Las Vegas show. She was 10th with a gross of $41.2 million.

Urban gross $27.3 million with 470,325 tickets sold in 57 shows. His average ticket price was $57.96.

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Journey to Fearless DVD
Part Behind The Music style documentary and part concert film, Taylor Swift's new Blu-ray release offers an interesting hybrid approach to the typical live performance video - an approach that hits more than it misses. "Journey To Fearless" focuses on Swift's meteoric rise from aspiring grade-school singer/songwriter to award-winning country and pop megastar while sprinkling in live performances. Hardcore Swift fans will find a lot to love on this single-disc set (which is also »»»
Speak Now CD review - Speak Now
Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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