Average gross for tours saw a boost from 2008 to 2009. In 2008, the highest-grossing tour (as of November 24, 2008) was Madonna, bringing in $6,071,181. Last year (as of November 30, 2009), the highest-grossing tour was U2, at $7,689,626. For 2008, the number 10 spot went to American Idols Live, which only brought in $544,754 as compared to Miiley Cyrus in 2008 ($1,012,567). What will this year see?
— Courtesy Pollstar Concert Pulse, November 30, 2009
The Concert Pulse ranks each artist by its average box-office gross per city in North America and is based on data reported within the last three months.