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Madonna tops Hot Tours with more totals from "Sticky & Sweet," her world tour that kicked off last August. The shows reported during the most recent tabulation week include the singer's only show in Russia, an outdoor performance in St. Petersburg's Palace Square (Aug. 2). Other entertainers who have performed there include Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and Duran Duran.

The eighth American Idols Live Tour featuring this year's winner, Kris Allen, is rolling through its North American schedule with totals from six markets reported this week. The best-attended performance was in Allen's home state of Arkansas at Little Rock's Verizon Arena (July 25) with 14,288 in attendance, the most from any venue on the tour. In the 19 shows reported this summer, ticket sales stand at 180,000 to date. The Idol tour that sold the most tickets was the 2006 venture featuring the series' fifth-season winner, Taylor Hicks. That tour grossed $35.2 million, with a total attendance of 646,996.

Country music impacts the Hot Tours with four headlining acts earning spots in the top 10. Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley each had three shows reported from their summer tours, and Keith Urban charts with two shows.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 MADONNA
$20,838,144
July 28-Aug. 4
Valle Hovin, Oslo (2/2)
Palace Square, St. Petersburg, Russia (1/1)
Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Estonia (1/1)
178,579 (178,579)

2 U2
$18,340,821
July 31-Aug. 3
Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg, Sweden (2/2)
Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany (1/1)
193,001 (193,001)
3 AC/DC
$4,234,534
Aug. 8
Stade Olympique, Montreal (1/1)
53,049 (53,049)
4 AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE
$3,684,471
July 25-Aug. 1
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/1)
FedExForum, Memphis (1/0)
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa (1/0)
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/0)
Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte (1/0)
60,289 (74,339)
5 RASCAL FLATTS
$3,133,770
Aug. 7-9
Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1/1)
Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati (1/1)
Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
64,557 (64,557)
6 KENNY CHESNEY
$2,726,566
Aug. 6-8
Amphitheater at the Wharf, Orange Beach, Ala. (1/1)
Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville (1/1)
Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/1)
41,288 (41,288)
7 BRAD PAISLEY
$2,226,959
July 18-Aug. 8
Rogers Bayfest, Sarnia, Ontario (1/0)
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/1)
Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (1/1)
63,428 (65,196)
8 TIESTO
$1,662,840
July 25-Aug. 6
Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre, Ta'Qali, Malta (1/0)
Victoria Park, London (1/0)
Havana Summer Club, Dhermi, Albania (1/0)
30,191 (35,500)
9 GREEN DAY
$1,336,879
July 29-Aug. 7
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/0)
Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/0)
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans (1/0)
29,365 (36,086)
10 KEITH URBAN
$1,311,414
Aug. 6-7
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/0)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
22,620 (24,902)