While seasoned rock outfits like U2 and Dave Matthews Band are certain to generate big touring dollars in 2001, a large chunk of the concert revenue for this year will likely tilt toward the multimill

While seasoned rock outfits like U2 and Dave Matthews Band are certain to generate big touring dollars in 2001, a large chunk of the concert revenue for this year will likely tilt toward the multimillion-dollar phenomenon of youth-oriented pop acts such as Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, Billboard reports in its Feb. 24 issue.

The Backstreet Boys' 115-date world tour kicked off late last month, and is projected by producers to generate as much as $250 million from dates at stadiums and arenas worldwide, putting BSB in an elite group of wage-earners that includes such bands as the Rolling Stones.

Not to be outdone, rival boy band 'N Sync recently announced dates for its own 45-city, all-stadium tour of North America, which is projected to gross another $100 million. As Billboard.com first reported last week, the group is currently recording its third studio album for Jive, and could release it as early as June.

Billboard also reveals that Britney Spears, currently working on a new album with producer Max Martin in Stockholm, will tour this fall. 98 Degrees will tour arenas this spring, followed by an amphitheater run this summer. And artists like Jennifer Lopez, Sisqo, and Usher, who cross over into the teen-pop demographic, are also expected to do well on the road in 2001.

One proven box-office draw who won't be on the road this summer is Christina Aguilera. According to her manager Irving Azoff, Aguilera will instead focus on recording a new album for RCA.