Music artists usually take to the concert stage to promote their latest songs and to connect with their fans and followers. Some do it on the back of a recently successful release, while others perform to provide nostalgia through their past hits. Regardless of their reason, concerts can give the artist an exhilarating feeling and a good source of income.
Here now are the top 10 artists with the biggest concert crowd in 2012.
10 Trans Siberian Orchestra – 673,575
Don’t let the name fool you. Trans Siberian Orchestra is actually a progressive rock band that fuses together classical, orchestral and symphonic music to heavy metal. The band is known for its rock operas, including a trilogy of Christmas-based compositions. Its concerts always include spectacular light shows, lasers, pyrotechnics and other effects that move in rhythm with the music. It had 99 shows in 2012, selling out 13. The band earned $33.4 million in the process.
9 Dave Matthews Band – 757,629
A Dave Matthews Band concert used to be a regular summer thing. In 2011, after 20 years of touring during the summer, the band decided to take a break. Fortunately, the band gathered its gears again in 2012 and picked up right where they had left off. The band’s concerts usually have long improvisations of its hit songs. Spectacular lighting and video effects are also the norm. The band sold out 17 of 41 shows in 2012 and earned $41.4 million.
8 Lady Antebellum – 860,065
Lady Antebellum was formed in 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee. The band was first heard in the song “Never Alone,” a single from Jim Brickman in which the band provided the vocals. After hitting the country charts with “Love Don’t Live Here,” the band slowly but surely crossed over to the mainstream pop charts with songs like “Need You Now.” The band won several awards for its country performance; in the 53rd Grammy Awards, the band won both Song of the Year and Record of the Year awards for “Need You Now.” Of its 88 shows, 72 were sold out, helping the band earn $38.4 million.
7 Jason Aldean – 984,229
Jason Aldean is a juggernaut in the world of country music. He has released five albums, with two going platinum and another one being awarded double platinum. He has also released 16 singles, with nine reaching the top of the country charts while the rest made the top 10. All his 59 shows in 2012 were sold out and it helped him earn nearly $40 million.
6 Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw – 1,085,382
Kenny Chesney has sold over 30 million albums, with 14 of his 15 records certified by the RIAA as at least gold. He was country music’s Entertainer of the Year in 2004 and between 2006 and 2008. Tim McGraw, on the other hand, has sold more than 40 million albums. He is considered the third best selling country singer of all time, with 25 singles hitting number one. The two country superstars toured together in 2012 and sold out 9 of their 23 shows. Total gross receipts from the concerts amounted to $96.4 million.
5 Lady Gaga – 1,111,099
Her real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, but we all know her as Lady Gaga. She initially was a songwriter for Streamline Records before Akon discovered her. Akon then signed her to his own label called Kon Live Distribution, and Lady Gaga proved to be an instant success. Her two albums have gotten both critical and commercial success. She released monster hits along the way, including “Bad Romance,” “Poker Face,” “Born This Way” and “Judas.” All her 65 shows in 2012 got sold out and helped her earn $124.9 million.
4 Madonna – 1,635,176
Madonna has been around since the 1980's, but she has never been stale because of her ability to come up with hit songs and reinvent herself so that she will remain relevant to the young audience. Back in the 80's, she shocked and entertained the world with her Virgin tour. Almost three decades later, the "Material Girl" is still at it with a completely sold out tour of 72 shows, earning for her $228.4 million.
3 Roger Waters – 1,680,042
We know Roger Waters as the bassist, vocalist and principal songwriter and lyricist of the band called Pink Floyd. The band was behind some of the most successful critical and commercial albums in history, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. He left the band in the mid 80's to pursue a solo career. He has released three studio albums as a solo artist, namely The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Radio K.A.O.S. and Amused to Death. He is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Pink Floyd. In 2012, he went on tour and performed in 72 shows, selling out 51 of them. The tour helped him earn a more than decent $186.5 million.
2 Coldplay – 1,811,787
The band started out as Pectoralz before changing it to the name Starfish. In 1998, the group members finally decided to settle on the name Coldplay. The band made its breakthrough in 2000 with the song called “Yellow.” It has experienced a rollercoaster relationship with critics with regards to the albums it has released. While A Rush of Blood to the Head was critically acclaimed, the follow X&Y was considered inferior. The band bounced back with Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, but Mylo Xyloto got mixed reviews. In the concert scene, the band sold out 56 of 67 shows and earned $147.2 million.
1 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – 2,165,925
He is known as “The Boss,” and Bruce Springsteen again showed the world why when he and the E Street Band attracted the largest concert crowd in 2012. Ever since he burst into the scene in the 70's with “Born to Run,” Springsteen has always amazed his audience with his deep yet entertaining brand of music. Though he and the band sold out only 54 of 72 shows, they played in a lot of huge arenas that enabled them to earn $199.4 million.
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