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U2 outsell Springsteen for top concert sales

U2 sold $123 million worth of tickets on their North American tour, beating out Bruce Springsteen who came in second with $94.5 million in ticket sales.

The band appeared before 1.3 million people on the 20 shows of their U.S. tour which will resume this year.

The current U2 tour ranks as the fifth largest in history. The Rolling Stones with $162 million in their 2005 tour, hold the top spot. U2’s own 2005 tour, which made $138.9 million in sales, is rated is no. 3.

However, sales of U2’s “No Line on the Horizon” have been disappointing. The album sold just over one million copies in the U.S., with Springsteen again in second, the Elton John and Billy Joel collaboration in third and Britney Spears in fourth. U2’s The Edge warned in a New Year’s interview that the record sales business may disappear altogether because music can be downloaded so easily now.

The details appeared in trade publication Pollstar. The article pointed out that well established bands are able to charge higher prices for premium tickets, which makes it easier for them to get huge sales.

- JANE WALSHE, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer