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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Country superstars George Strait and Reba take the top spot on this week's Hot Tours chart based on box office totals reported by promoter The Messina Group/AEG Live. Top numbers come from the one stadium date on the schedule, San Antonio's Alamodome, where ticket sales topped $5.1 million. The May 1 concert was a sellout with 55,622 country fans filling the stadium to see the co-headliners along with Lee Ann Womack and the Randy Rogers Band. With totals from 10 shows reported this week by The Messina Group, added to the nine concerts already reported by Varnell Enterprises in previous weeks, the tour's overall gross is $28.2 million. That makes it the top-grossing Country tour so far this year.

Canadian band Nickelback lands in the No. 2 position on Hot Tours with $3.2 million in grosses from April performances at four U.S. arenas. The Live Nation-promoted tour played Amway Arena in Orlando (April 19) and Scottrade Center in St. Louis (April 23), where fans bought the most tickets (15,657) among the four venues reporting. Tulsa's BOK Center (April 24) and Sprint Center in Kansas City (April 26) both produced sellout crowds just under the 15,000 mark.

During the past week, London's O2 Arena reported its totals from concerts that occurred during the five-month period beginning last November through the end of March, making a substantial impact on this week's Hot Tours ranking. Five of the 10 tours on the chart earned their rankings based solely on ticket revenue earned from their appearance at the London arena. Sir Paul McCartney fared the best with a No. 3 ranking for the week based on a $2.7 million gross from his Dec. 22 sold-out performance. Muse (No. 4), Pink (No. 6), Lady Gaga (No. 8) and comedian Eddie Izzard (No. 9) all rank among the Hot Tours based on box office stats from two-show runs at the 23,000-seat London arena.

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

$16,227,256
Feb. 18-May 1
Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/0)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/0)
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/0)
FedExForum, Memphis (1/0)
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans (1/1)
Rose Garden, Portland (1/0)
John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va. (1/0)
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/1)
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
Alamodome, San Antonio (1/1)
189,139 (197,653)
2 NICKELBACK

$3,252,373
April 19-26
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/0)
Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/0)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
54,852 (58,596)
3 PAUL McCARTNEY

$2,739,260
Dec. 22
O2 Arena, London (1/1)
17,700 (17,700)
4 MUSE

$2,173,260
Nov. 12-13
O2 Arena, London (2/1)
38,130 (38,240)
5 LOS TRES: SEBASTIAN, FERNÁNDEZ, SOLÍS

$2,167,067
April 24-25
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (2/1)
20,957 (25,233)
6 PINK

$2,093,100
Dec. 8-10
O2 Arena, London (2/0)
37,073 (37,400)
7 ALICIA KEYS

$1,777,752
March 30-April 6
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/0)
23,638 (24,214)
8 LADY GAGA

$1,564,080
Feb. 26-27
O2 Arena, London (2/2)
33,636 (33,636)
9 EDDIE IZZARD

$1,395,270
Dec. 3-7
O2 Arena, London (2/0)
27,242 (35,044)
10 CONAN O'BRIEN

$1,315,141
April 22-May 5
Nob Hill Masonic Center, San Francisco (2/2)
Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, Calif. (2/0)
Event Center Arena, San Jose (1/1)
22,410 (22,500)