Hot Tours: George Strait & Reba, Michael Bublé, Jason Aldean

Country superstars George Strait and Reba combine to take the top spot on the Hot Tours tally with the first box office totals reported from their 2011 concert tour. The co-headliners resumed their tour in January following a successful pairing on the road in 2010 that landed them at No. 18 among the 25 top-grossing tours of the year with a total of $36.6 million in ticket sales. This year's leg kicked off in Austin, Texas with a sellout on Jan. 14 at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas. The $1.3 million gross was the highest among the eight arenas that were reported by tour promoter The Messina Group/AEG Live. Ticket sales totals from all eight venues topped $7.8 million with 105,175 fans buying tickets. Country artist Lee Ann Womack is once again the opening act, just as she has been since the tour began in January 2010.

Michael Bublé is No. 2 in the rankings with more than $4.6 million in gross sales reported by Acer Arena in Sydney. The Canadian singer played the 21,000-seat arena on Feb. 14, 15 and 17, part of the Crazy Love Tour's Australian leg that is booked in five different markets during February and early March. All three shows in Sydney were sellouts with a final ticket sales tally of 39,385 for all performances.

Country singer Jason Aldean ranks third among this week's top-grossing tours with an eight-show gross total of $2.9 million. The Georgia native is on the road in support of his most recent album "My Kinda Party" released in November of last year. Promoted by Live Nation, the tour kicked off its 2011 schedule with a Jan. 21 performance at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark. A crowd of 14,656 filled the arena for the sold out performance. Top gross and attendance totals among these first eight concerts came two weeks later in Greensboro, N.C. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The sold out performance on Feb. 4 drew 15,316 fans with gross sales of $569,723.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 GEORGE STRAIT & REBA




$7,885,158
Jan. 14-Feb. 18
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (1/1)
Oklahoma City Arena, Oklahoma City, Okla. (1/0)
Tallahassee-Leon Co. Civic Ctr., Tallahassee, Fla. (1/0)
Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla. (1/0)
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Fla. (1/0)
Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. ( 1/1)
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind. (1/0)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (1/0)
105,175 (109,830)
2 MICHAEL BUBLÉ




$4,674,100
Feb. 14-17
Acer Arena, Sydney (3/3)
39,385 (39,385)
3 JASON ALDEAN




$2,976,107
Jan. 21-Feb. 5
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/1)
Barnhill Arena, Fayetteville, Ark. (1/1)
Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Md. (1/1)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas (1/0)
Macon Coliseum, Macon, Ga. (1/1)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/1)
McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tenn. (1/1)
80,892 (81,801)
4 CHAYANNE




$2,652,018
Feb. 11-13
Coliseo de Puerto Rico, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (3/0)
39,877 (41,766)
5 STING




$534,166
Feb. 10
CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand (1/0)
4,992 (7,167)
6 LISA LAMPANELLI




$401,569
Jan. 21-Feb. 4
SUNY Buffalo Center for the Arts, Buffalo, N.Y. (1/0)
Massey Hall, Toronto (1/0)
Palace Theatre, Lorain, Ohio (1/1)
Chicago Theatre, Chicago (1/0)
Spreckels Theater, San Diego (1/0)
9,455 (10,456)
7 DIANA KRALL




$351,675
Feb. 5
Broward Center, Au-Rene Theater, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (1/1)
2,612 (2,612)
8 MEAT LOAF




$311,837
Dec. 20
Odyssey Arena, Belfast, U.K. (1/0)
4,310 (6,000)
9 ROBERT PLANT




$276,990
Feb. 5
Fox Theatre, Atlanta (1/1)
4,460 (4,460)
10 MIKE EPPS




$276,359
Feb. 18
Constant Center, Norfolk, Va. (1/1)
6,272 (6,272)

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