Chesney Named A Top Grossing Live Act of Last 25 Years

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• May 30, 2014

chesney1Kenny Chesney is the only Country artist named in the Top 10 in Billboard‘s listing of the Top Grossing Live Acts of the past quarter century. Chesney landed at No. 9 on the list, bested by artists including the Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.

Since the mid-’90s, Chesney has grossed $752,706,599, with an attendance of 12,681,629 fans over the course of 755 shows.

The rankings are tallied according to gross sales.

“You look at a list like this… with so many iconic rock acts, people like Madonna, or Elton John, and you think, ‘Man…’.” Chesney says. “When you get on the bus for the first time, you’re just hoping people will come. You never expect to be in this kind of company, unless you’re buying a ticket.”

The Rolling Stones topped the list with a gross income of $1,565,792,382 and an attendance of 19,677,569 over the course of 538 shows.

Chesney wasn’t the only Country artist to land in the Top 25. George Strait earned the No. 19 spot, grossing $405,034,063, with an attendance of 9,736,580 over the course of 584 shows.

Meanwhile, Toby Keith landed at No. 22, grossing $361,256,245 with an attendance of 8,608,696 over the course of 711 concerts.

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