Britney Spears, Justin Bieber Score Top Hot 100 Debuts
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Britney Spears, who has been performing in North America and Europe since her Circus Tour began back in March, took her show down under this month, playing five markets in Australia. Following stops in Perth and Melbourne, Spears played a four-show engagement at Sydney's Acer Arena setting a new house record for most tickets sold for a concert artist. 66,247 tickets were purchased for the four shows (Nov. 16-17, 19-20) with combined grosses topping $9 million. The 21,000-seat Acer Arena has been one of the top-grossing venues in Australia during 2009, hosting tours by Beyoncé, Coldplay, Pink and Nickelback, among others. Spears is the most recent artist to perform at the arena which has grossed more than $57 million (US$) since the beginning of the year.

Bruce Springsteen has finished his 2009 Working on a Dream Tour with a final sold-out performance in Buffalo at the HSBC Arena (Nov. 22), the top-grossing venue among the last five dates reported. Ticket sales topped $1.48 million at the arena with 18,665 fans in attendance. Cleveland, Detroit, Nashville and Baltimore rounded out the tour's final stops before it closed down in Buffalo.

Pearl Jam lands at #3 on the Hot Tours rankings with totals from its four sold-out shows at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia (Oct. 27-28, 30-31), the final concert performances in the 42-year old arena now scheduled for demolition. Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, Kings of Leon and The Dead were among the artists to perform at the arena during its final year of operation. With over 400,000 tickets sold since the beginning of the year, the Spectrum ended the year with total reported grosses surpassing $23.8 million.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 BRITNEY SPEARS
$9,085,822
Nov. 16-20
Acer Arena, Sydney (4/0)
66,247 (69,640)
2 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND
$6,310,466
Nov. 10-22
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/0)
Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich. (1/0)
Sommet Center, Nashville (1/0)
1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore (1/1)
HSBC Arena, Buffalo, N.Y. (1/1)
75,790 (84,333)
3 PEARL JAM
$4,838,834
Oct. 27-31
Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia (4/4)
64,609 (64,609)
4 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
$2,745,320
Nov. 1-5
Covelli Centre, Youngstown, Ohio (2/0)
Kansas Coliseum, Valley Center, Kan. (1/1)
Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Mich. (1/0)
Pepsi Center, Denver (1/0)
World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo. (2/1)
Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va. (1/1)
56,271 (63,332)
5 PINK
$2,741,066
Sept. 28-Oct. 5
Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va. (1/1)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia (1/1)
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
52,184 (52,184)
6 AC/DC
$2,311,164
Oct. 23-Nov. 4
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/0)
Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville (1/0)
Ford Center, Oklahoma City (1/0)
28,221 (34,794)
7 JAY-Z
$1,674,099
Oct. 24-27
Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. (1/1)
Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass. (1/1)
1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore (1/1)
29,474 (29,474)
8 TIESTO
$1,163,497
Oct. 18-Nov. 13
The Ritz Ybor, Tampa (1/0)
Reliant Arena, Houston (1/0)
Palladium Ballroom, Dallas (1/0)
Cowboys, San Antonio (1/0)
City Walk, Oklahoma City (1/0)
Calgary Stampede Big Four Building, Calgary (2/0)
21,900 (24,300)
9 STEELY DAN
$753,351
Oct. 23-27
Nob Hill Masonic Center, San Francisco (3/0)
Dodge Theatre, Phoenix (1/0)
8,285 (12,652)
10 BOB DYLAN
$722,320
Nov. 5-15
Canton Memorial Civic Center, Canton, Ohio (1/0)
Citi Wang Theatre, Boston (3/0)
11,585 (15,037)

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