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Two more dates have been reported from Rod Stewart's brief tour through the U.K. and Ireland, giving the English singer the top spot on this week's Hot Tours chart. Following the tour opener in Dublin (May 11-12), the next three shows were held at Odyssey Arena in Belfast (May 15-16) and Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena (May 18). All three performances were sellouts and earned over £1.5 million ($2.2 million U.S.) at the box office. The Belfast venue's two-show attendance total was 16,248, and the Newcastle event was attended by just over 8,700 fans.

James Taylor & Carole King, currently touring in North America with their Troubadour Reunion World Tour, rank No. 2 on the tally based on totals from shows in Kansas City and Nashville, reported by promoter Beaver Productions of New Orleans. The veteran performers played to a crowd of 13,825 at Kansas City's Sprint Center (May 21) and to 13,472 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville the following evening. Taylor and King, both members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will be on the road until late-July with dates booked throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Touring in support of her most recent album "Play On", country star Carrie Underwood ranks third on Hot Tours with box office totals reported from four venues in western U.S. markets. Two performances in California and two in Nevada were all sellouts and added $1.4 million in ticket sales to the singer's overall combined gross total. With $14.3 million in ticket sales for the year, Underwood currently ranks as the third highest-grossing country tour of 2010.

Country superstar Kenny Chesney made a two-show appearance at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on May 14-15 and grossed over $1.2 million in ticket sales, earning him the No. 4 spot on this week's Hot Tours. With ticket prices ranging from $164.60 to the top price of $494.60, the number of sold tickets was 7,984 for both nights.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 ROD STEWART

$2,253,834
May 15-18
Odyssey Arena, Belfast, U.K. (2/2)
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, U.K. (1/1)
24,971 (24,971)
2 JAMES TAYLOR & CAROLE KING

$2,222,715
May 21-22
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/1)
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
27,297 (27,297)
3 CARRIE UNDERWOOD

$1,463,355
May 18-22
Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/1)
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)
Reno Events Center, Reno, Nev. (1/1)
Orleans Arena, Las Vegas (1/1)
29,973 (29,973)
4 KENNY CHESNEY

$1,293,625
May 14-15
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas (2/0)
7,984 (8,541)
5 NICKELBACK

$1,018,780
April 11
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario (1/1)
13,611 (13,611)
6 BARRY MANILOW

$953,269
April 30-May 15
Paris Theatre at Paris Las Vegas (9/3)
6,549 (8,964)
7 RUSSELL PETERS

$898,862
May 20
Acer Arena, Sydney (1/1)
13,380 (13,380)
8 HEDLEY

$883,963
April 3-13
Memorial Auditorium, Kitchener, Ontario (1/1)
K-Rock Centre, Kingston, Ontario (1/1)
Ottawa Civic Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (1/1)
Sudbury Arena, Sudbury, Ontario (1/1)
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario (1/1)
20,297 (20,297)
9 DAUGHTRY

$822,780
May 17-22
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/0)
Target Center, Minneapolis (1/1)
Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis. (1/1)
Rockford MetroCentre, Rockford, Ill. (1/1)
21,367 (21,948)
10 THEM CROOKED VULTURES

$773,055
May 12-18
Metropolis, Montreal (1/0)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/0)
Aragon Ballroom, Chicago (1/1)
17,236 (21,633)