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Jay-Z, Black Eyed Peas Top 2010 Ticket Sales

This year might not be the best for artists on the road, with ticket sales stalled for some of music’s biggest acts. But that doesn’t mean that ticket-buyers are turning their backs on live music altogether. Pollstar.com just released its list of the Top 100 North American Tours of 2010 so far, and while sales are down 17 percent to $965.5 million from last year’s $1.162 billion, fans are still coming out to see their favorite artists.

Of the hip-hop sect, only Black Eyed Peas and Jay-Z charted in the top 100. B.E.P, who have been on their ‘The E.N.D. World Tour’ jaunt since September 2009, charted at No. 6, grossing $29.5 million with an average ticket sale price of $63.57. The quartet has sold a total of 464,201 tickets at 35 shows, with 13,653 being sold on average at each gig. Jay-Z landed further down the chart at No. 12, earning $22.5 million from his ‘BP3′ tour that featured opening acts Trey Songz and Young Jeezy. With an average ticket cost of $83.63, the tour sold 269,564 tickets at 21 shows, with 12,836 tickets being sold on average per event.

Bon Jovi
checked in at the top spot on the list, grossing $52.8 million during the first half of the year, while James Taylor and Carole King landed at No. 2 with $41 million, Taylor Swift at No. 3 with $34.2 million, Paul McCartney at No. 4 with $31.6 million and George Strait, Reba and Lee Ann Womack at No. 5 with $29.8 million.

Other notable acts include Alicia Keys, who ranked at 27 with $11.7 million grossed, as well as Maxwell and Jill Scott, whose joint tour put them at 31 with $10.5 million accrued. Mariah Carey was the only other urban act to land on the chart, coming in at No. 36 with $9.1 million grossed.

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