2011 Billboard Music Awards: The Show
Billboard Icon Award winner Neil Diamond waves to adoring fans during his performance at the Billboard Music Awards.

Neil Diamond shines at No. 1 on the latest Hot Tours ranking with $4 million in ticket sales reported by London's O2 Arena, the final venue on his tour outing during the spring and summer. The veteran singer/songwriter played three shows in London on July 9, 11 and 13 with a combined attendance total of 36,000 for all three nights, capping off a slate of June/July arena performances in five markets in the U.K. and Ireland. Diamond kicked off his 2011 tour in New Zealand at the end of February and played dates in Australia and South Africa during March and April. The European leg began in Belgium in early June.

Second on this week's Hot Tours tally is Georgia-native Jason Aldean who leads a pack of five country music acts among this week's top 10 grossing tours. Aldean's 2011 tour performances in U.S. arenas and amphitheaters began in January in support of his recent album "My Kinda Party," with $20 million in grosses reported since the tour's launch. This week's $3.5 million total comes from six outdoor venues in Pennsylvania, Illinois, North Carolina and Virginia. Ticket sales were highest in the Chicago market with a crowd of 25,784 filling the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, located in the suburb of Tinley Park. The sold out performance on Aug. 27 grossed over $667,000. Country legend Dolly Parton follows at No. 3 based on ticket sales from concerts in London on Sept. 7 and 8, also at the O2 Arena. Combined attendance for the 2-show run topped 25,000, generating more than £1.8 million at the box office ($2.9 million US$).

Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley complete the list of country acts in this week's top 10. Rascal Flatts lands at No. 5 with $1.4 million in revenue reported during the past week from its Flatts Fest Tour. Over 37,000 tickets were sold at sheds in the Salt Lake City, Denver and Albuquerque markets. Urban appears at No. 7 with totals reported from arena dates in Jonesboro, Ark. and Tupelo, Miss. during August as well as a September event in London, Ontario, Canada. Paisley rounds out the list with a No. 8 ranking based on ticket sales to 30,000 fans in two Florida cities, Tampa and West Palm Beach.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 NEIL DIAMOND
$4,068,210
July 9-13
O2 Arena, London (3/0)
35,952 (39,992)
2 JASON ALDEAN
$3,532,368
Aug. 25-Sept. 11
Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, Pa. (1/0)
First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. (1/1)
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/1)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte (1/1)
Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, N.C. (1/1)
Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, Va. (1/1)
119,887 (123,178)
3 DOLLY PARTON
$2,911,080
Sept. 7-8
O2 Arena, London (2/0)
25,308 (27,278)
4 AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE
$1,695,254
Sept. 6-10
War Memorial at Oncenter, Syracuse, N.Y. (1/0)
Sovereign Center, Reading, Pa. (1/0)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y. (1/0)
29,646 (31,688)
5 RASCAL FLATTS
$1,457,153
Sept. 9-11
USANA Amphitheatre, West Valley City, Utah (1/0)
Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, Englewood, Colo. (1/0)
Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion, Albuquerque (1/0)
37,291 (51,694)
6 PLACIDO DOMINGO

$1,303,360
July 19
O2 Arena, London (1/0)
10,976 (15,838)
7 KEITH URBAN
$1,130,669
Aug. 25-Sept. 12
ASU Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. (1/0)
BancorpSouth Center, Tupelo, Miss. (1/0)
John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario (1/0)
18,772 (22,446)
8 BRAD PAISLEY
$1,099,303
Sept. 9-10
1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/0)
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/0)
30,242 (37,000)
9 RICKY MARTIN
$1,028,123
Aug. 26-27
Credicard Hall, São Paulo, Brazil (1/0)
Citibank Hall, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1/0)
10,003 (15,487)
10 PEARL JAM
$931,249
Sept. 7
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0)
13,278 (16,000)