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OTRC: Bon Jovi earns top spot for worldwide concert sales in 2010

Bon Jovi is the first to perform at NJ's New Meadowlands Stadium, where the 2014 Super Bowl is set to take place. (Photo courtesy of Bon Jovi's MySpace page)

After over 20 years in the music business Bon Jovi can still draw a great crowd.

The band sold $201.1 million in worldwide ticket sales, according to Pollstar, earning more than any other band worldwide in 2010. The report also indicates Bon Jovi remained successful even though overall sales for 2010 were on a downward trend because of the sluggish economy.

Bon Jovi played 80 shows in total during 2010. Their 51 shows in America grossed $108 million. The band's total concert gross beat out the competition by a hefty sum.

During a November interview on NPR's Fresh Air, the band's lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi said, "The idea that I could talk to you now about the hundred-plus million albums, I had never thought about in my wildest dreams."

"I put together the band, which really became this band for what ... I thought [was going to be a] three, four-week period of getting my name out there, trying to build upon the success of the one track and maybe I'd get to play a couple more clubs as an original act," Jon Bon Jovi said during the interview. "And 27 years later, I can't get rid of those guys."

Rock legends AC/DC came in second place for the year in worldwide sales. They earned $177 million with a total of 40 worldwide shows.

Lady Gaga, who was recently was honored with eight Madame Tussauds wax figures made in her likeness, could not beat out U2 for the third spot on the worldwide list. Bono's popular rock group earned $160.9 million, while Lady Gaga earned fourth place with $133.6 million.

Rounding out the top five in worldwide sales is Metallica with $110.1 million.

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