Born in the U.S.A.: Top 50 Stars of the 50 States

Texas: Even if all his exes reportedly live there, George Strait can't hide from the fact that he's sent more songs to No. 1 on Country Songs (44) than any act on any Billboard chart. With top 10s annually on Country Songs since 1981, Strait, born in Poteet, is the only artist to score a top 10 on the same survey for as many as 32 "Strait" years.

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George Strait is No. 1 in the latest tally of Hot Tours with $5.8 million in ticket sales reported from arenas in six U.S. cities on his 2012 winter tour outing. On the road in support of his latest album "Here For A Good Time" released last fall, the legendary country artist kicked off his tour schedule at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La. on Jan. 27. With Martina McBride providing support, the Strait tour continued on to Bossier City, Phoenix, Atlanta, Orlando and Tulsa through the middle of February, with more than 83,000 tickets sold in these six markets.

Rod Stewart ranks second on this week's list of the 10 top-grossing tours with over 22,000 tickets sold in the first two markets on his 7-city trek through Australia. The Aussie leg of the veteran singer's Hits Tour launched on Feb. 4 at nib Stadium, an outdoor sports venue in Perth with a sellout crowd of 15,089 in attendance. A sold out performance followed just three nights later in the city of Adelaide with 7,764 fans in attendance at Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Grosses from both shows totaled $3.7 million ($3.9 million US$).

Ticket sales totals from five markets give Brad Paisley the No. 3 ranking this week, adding $2.8 million to his 2012 overall gross that now tops $8 million. Since the country star's Virtual Reality World Tour kicked off in mid-January, the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash. has drawn the largest crowd with 14,990 in the house for a sold out performance on Feb. 11. CMA award-winning trio The Band Perry and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery are opening acts for the tour.

Sold out multiple-show runs in Dublin and Belfast give Snow Patrol this week's fourth place ranking with box office grosses topping $2.7 million (US$). The U.K.-based rockers sold out both performances at the O2 in Dublin (Jan. 20-21) as well as three concerts at Belfast's Odyssey Arena (Jan. 23-25), filling more than 55,000 seats at both venues. The band played 12 markets in the U.K. and Ireland during January and February and will launch its North American tour in late-March.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 GEORGE STRAIT
$5,899,569
Jan. 27-Feb. 16
The Cajundome, Lafayette, La. (1/0)
CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, La. (1/1)
U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix (1/1)
Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)
Amway Center, Orlando (1/0)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/0)
83,594 (87,014)
2 ROD STEWART
$3,942,477
Feb. 4-7
nib Stadium, Perth, Australia (1/1)
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia (1/1)
22,853 (22,853)
3 BRAD PAISLEY

$2,817,218
Feb. 9-17
Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash. (1/1)
Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore. (1/1)
Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash. (1/1)
United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas (1/1)
Pan American Center, Las Cruces, N.M. (1/1)
54,198 (54,198)
4 SNOW PATROL
$2,787,610
Jan. 20-25
O2, Dublin (2/2)
Odyssey Arena, Belfast (3/3)
55,510 (55,510)
5 MÖTLEY CRÜE
$1,721,82
Feb. 3-12
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas (7/3)
ANDREA BOCELLI
6 ANDREA BOCELLI

$1,620,171
Feb. 12
Amway Center, Orlando (1/0)
10,526 (11,601)
7 SELENA GOMEZ & THE SCENE

$1,182,429
Jan. 26-27
Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City (1/0)
Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Mexico (1/0)
26,083 (27,756)
8 LUIS FONSI
$992,285
Feb. 11-12
Coliseo de Puerto Rico, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (2/0)
17,050 (19,887)
9 KASABIAN
$709,762
Nov. 26-Jan. 24
O2, Dublin (1/1)
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (1/0)
14,662 (16,762)
10 BLAKE SHELTON
$704,731
Feb. 9-10
Tullio Arena,Erie, Pa. (1/1)
Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, W. Va. (1/1)
15,025 (15,025)