40 Countries' Top Musicians: A Gallery
The Netherlands: Andre Rieu

It sounds unlikely, but one man has proven that in the 21st century it's possible for a Dutch violinist that favors waltzes to tour stadiums and arenas worldwide and sell over 30 million DVDs and CDs, as estimated by his company. Andre Rieu had one of the top 20 tours of 2009, 2010 and 2011 according to Billboard Boxscore, and he's even scored a No. 2 album in the U.K. (2009's "Forever Vienna"). It sounds unlikely, but one man has proven that in the 21st century it's possible for a Dutch violinist that favors waltzes to tour stadiums and arenas worldwide and sell over 30 million DVDs and CDs, as estimated by his company. Andre Rieu had one of the top 20 tours of 2009, 2010 and 2011 according to Billboard Boxscore, and he's even scored a No. 2 album in the U.K. (2009's "Forever Vienna").

Classical music dominates this week's Hot Tours report with Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu earning the No. 1 ranking with $17 million in box office grosses reported from his winter tour through European markets during November and December. Of the 20 shows reported, 11 were in the U.K., including two-night engagements in Glasgow, Manchester and London. The only three-night run was at Birmingham's LG Arena. The 12,500-seat venue produced the top gross among all the reported totals with £1.9 million ($3.1 million) generated from 26,586 sold tickets. Rieu ended the trek on January 1 and 2 with shows at Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, his traditional concert destination to kick off a new year. The popular touring artist and his Johann Strauss Orchestra will hit the road again in the spring in North America, beginning with a March 7 concert in Orlando.

Justin Bieber takes the second slot with the first concert totals of the year reported from his Believe Tour, following a break from the road during December. With grosses from the first five arenas on the 2013 schedule added to the tour's overall totals, the Believe Tour has topped $45 million in ticket sales since launching at the end of September. North American dates will continue through the end of January, and a European leg of the tour will kick off in Dublin on February 17.

Third in the weekly rankings is Phish with a $4.5 million gross reported from its four-night stint at Madison Square Garden leading up to New Year's Eve. Playing a series of concerts at the New York City arena during the final days of December is becoming a tradition for the jam band. The 2012 engagement marked the third consecutive Garden hosted the band on multiple nights to wrap up its touring efforts for the year.

Pop superstar and "American Idol" judge Mariah Carey enters the Hot Tours tally at No. 4 with box office stats reported from a rare headlining turn in Australia. In her first appearance Down Under since the 90's, Carey played at Jupiters Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast on New Year's Day followed by an arena date in Sydney. The Sydney venue, Allphones Arena, reported more than $2.3 million in sold tickets from a packed house on January 3.  Also featured in the concert was an opening DJ set by husband Nick Cannon.

RANK, ACT
Total Gross

Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)

Total Attendance (Capacity)

1. ANDRÉ RIEU
$17,153,547

Nov. 27-Jan. 2
Forest National, Brussels (2/0)
Sportpaleis, Antwerp (1/0)
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (1/0)
Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow (2/0)
O2, Dublin (2/0)
Odyssey Arena, Belfast (1/0)
Manchester Arena, Manchester (2/0)
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, U.K. (1/1)
O2 Arena, London (2/0)
LG Arena, Birmingham, U.K. (3/0)
Ahoy, Rotterdam (1/0)
Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany (2/0)

161,401 (183,126)

2. JUSTIN BIEBER
$4,870,439

Jan. 5-12
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City (1/1)
Pepsi Center, Denver (1/1)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/1)
AT&T Center, San Antonio (1/1)

70,809 (70,809)

3. PHISH
$4,594,270

Dec. 28-31
Madison Square Garden, New York (4/4)

73,569 (73,569)

4. MARIAH CAREY
$2,501,820

Jan. 3
Allphones Arena, Sydney (1/1)

13,371 (13,371)

5. WISIN Y YANDEL & JENNIFER LOPEZ
$2,224,511

Dec. 21-22
Coliseo de Puerto Rico, Hato Rey (2/0)

22,186 (25,125)

6. ZAC BROWN BAND
$1,702,686

Nov. 17-Jan. 10
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/0)

24,589 (27,995)

7. FURTHUR
$1,546,870

Dec. 29-31
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (3/3)

23,338 (23,338)

8. MIGUEL BOSÉ
$1,255,394

Nov. 8
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (1/1)

9,608 (9,608)

9. AEROSMITH
$1,014,769

Nov. 20
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/0)

11,894 (13,173)

10. ONE DIRECTION
$862,749

Dec. 3
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)

13,842 (13,842)

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