Bon Jovi tops list of 2013 tour earners

Bon Jovi raked in more than a quarter-billion dollars on the road worldwide during 2013 to top a year in the concert business that's being described as record-setting on many fronts, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The New Jersey rock band finished 2013 with a global box office take of $259.5 million, according to Pollstar, the concert industry-tracking publication. Beyoncé came in second with $188.6 million from her "Mrs. Carter" tour, followed by Pink with $170.6 million, Justin Bieber in fourth place with $169 million and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in fifth with $145.4 million.

Rounding out Pollstar's top 10, based on figures released this week, Rihanna finished sixth, followed by Cirque du Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal," Taylor Swift, Depeche Mode and One Direction.

Total ticket revenue generated by the top 20 tours came to $2.43 billion, a substantial 24 percent increase over the $1.96 billion taken in during 2012 and a record for the top 20 touring acts, Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni noted.

But the most significant difference during 2013 may have been that the majority of the top 10 highest-grossing tours are relatively young acts that by and large established their careers during the past decade.

"That's a huge change," said Michael Rapino, president and chief executive of Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter. "In the past you'd always get the question, 'Who's going to replace the Eagles?' But that's not statistically true anymore."

Just last year, Pollstar's ranking of the highest-grossing tours was overwhelmingly populated with long-running acts such as Madonna, Springsteen, Metallica, Coldplay, Elton John and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Lady Gaga was the only performer in the top 10 who had emerged in the new millennium.

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