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    Coldplay Amongst Top-Grossing North American Tours In 2006

    coldplaymtvawards2005a.jpgConcert tours by the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand and country duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were among the top-grossing tours in North America in 2006, helping drive ticket revenue to a record $3.6 billion, according to Pollstar, the industry trade magazine.


    The figure represents a 16 percent increase over 2005, when North American concert ticket sales totaled $3.1 billion, said Gary Bongiovanni, Pollstar's editor-in-chief.


    Concert receipts for the top 100 tours of the year totaled $2.33 billion, up 12.6 percent from last year. "Not only did we set a record for gross revenues, but we did it by selling more tickets rather than more expensive tickets," Bongiovanni said.

    Fans purchased 37.9 million tickets to the top 100 concert tours, compared with 36.3 million in 2005, according to Pollstar.


    The average ticket price paid to attend a show on those tours was $61.45, up 8 percent over last year's average of $56.88, Bongiovanni said.


    The average ticket price increase, which amounts to about $4.57, was similar to the increase seen between 2004 and 2005.


    "That's a good sign for the business," Bongiovanni said.


    The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" tour, which actually began in the fall of 2005, led all other concert tours this year with $138.5 million in gross receipts, Pollstar said.


    The average Stones ticket was $136.63. The tour sold about 1.01 million tickets.


    Streisand's tour ranked second, generating $92.5 million in gross sales. The average ticket price was $298.36.


    The tour by McGraw and Hill earned $88.8 million in gross receipts, with the average ticket selling for $80.92.


    Meanwhile, Madonna's tour racked up $85.9 million in gross ticket sales. The average ticket price paid to see the Material Girl was $183.76.


    Country crooner Kenny Chesney's tour led all others in the number of tickets sold with 1.13 million. His tour pulled in $66 million in gross receipts, with the average ticket going for $58.34.


    Among the other veteran acts that ended the year among the top 25 in sales receipts were Coldplay, Barry Manilow, Celine Dion and The Who.

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