Country Tours Don’t Crack Billboard Top 10

Tim McGraw performing in downtown Nashville during the 2010 CMA Music Festival. photo by JOHN RUSSELL/CMA

Thanks to Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and others, country music usually claims a few spots in the Top 10 grossing concert tours each year.

Not this year.

Tim McGraw is the highest-charting country act, finishing at No. 13 on Billboard magazine’s annual list. Tim grossed nearly $45 million in 71 shows, drawing about 880,000 fans.

Sounds impressive, and it is. But top touring act Bon Jovi took in $146 million, drawing 1.6 million fans to 69 shows.

The rest of the Top 10: U2, AC/DC, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, James Taylor/Carole King, Eagles, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band and Paul McCartney.

Taylor Swift finished No. 15, pulling in $40 million and 643,000 fans to 47 shows.

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