Carrie Underwood Among Pollstar’s Top 50 North American & Worldwide Tours Of 2010

Carrie at the Palace Of Auburn Hills 12-22-10 credit:
Carrie at the Palace Of Auburn Hills 12-22-10 credit:
Each year Pollstar compiles a list of the top grossing North American and worldwide tours of 2010. Carrie Underwood comes in with the #18 top grossing North American tour of 2010 in all genres (#5 country), with $38.3 million grossed and 778, 930 tickets sold over 102 reported concert dates. That also means Carrie had the #31 top grossing worldwide tour of 2010.

These numbers do not include several summer concerts but they do include all shows that were officially part of the 2010 Play On tour, which concluded on December 22nd with a concert at the Palace Of Auburn Hills in Michigan.

Links to Pollstar’s analysis, the numbers, Idol-related appearances on Pollstar’s list, and a note about Season 9’s American Idol Tour compared to Season 8’s American Idol Tour after the jump.

Pollstar’s Top 50 North American Tours Of 2010
Pollstar’s Top 50 Worldwide Concert Tours Of 2010

According to Pollstar’s analysis:

The Top 50 Tours North America grossed a combined $1.69 billion which was down about 15% from last year’s $1.99 billion. Total tickets sold was 26.2 million which was down about 12% from 2009’s 29.9 million. Total show count was down about 3% to 2, 114. Unlike the Worldwide chart, the average ticket price in North America dropped $1.55 or about 2%.

Despite 2010’s downward trend in a tough economy, Carrie’s Play On Tour improved on the numbers from her 2008 Carnival Ride Tour which reported 90 dates, grossing $27, 161, 237 and selling 569, 213 tickets (Carrie also coheadlined a 27 date tour with Keith Urban that year that grossed $18.5 million and sold over 275, 000 tickets).

Carrie’s 2008 Carnival Ride Tour averaged 6, 325 attendance and $301, 792 gross per night. Her 2010 Play On Tour averaged 7, 637 attendance and $375, 490 gross per night. That’s a 20.7% improvement in average attendance and a 24.4% increase in average gross.

The Season 9 American Idol tour did not make this year’s Top 50 list. The Season 8 American Idol Tour featuring Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta and the rest of the Season 8 finalists ranked #28 on Pollstar’s Top 50 Tours Of 2009 list, grossing $30.1 million. The #50 tour on 2010’s Pollstar list grossed $14.3 million.

There are a few other American Idol-related appearances on Pollstar’s 2010 lists. Kellie Pickler opened Taylor Swift’s North American tour (#19 on Pollstar’s North American Tours List) in spring 2010 and she opened the fall leg of Rascal Flatts’s tour, and they came in at #22 on Pollstar’s North American Tours List and #47 on Pollstar’s Worldwide Tours List for 2010 with $28.4 million grossed. Danny Gokey opened a number of dates on Sugarland’s tour which came in at #38 on Pollstar’s North American Tours list with $19 million grossed. Also Steven Tyler‘s band Aerosmith came in at #33 on Pollstar’s Worldwide Tours list.

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