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Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney Make Top Tours of 2011 List

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Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Toby Keith are the country stars who made Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2011 list. Taking the top spot were iconic rockers U2, grossing $293,281,487 on their 360° Tour, with 2,887,972 people in attendance.

Taylor came in fifth overall and was the No. 1 country act, raking in $97,368,416 and playing to 1,356,720 screaming fans. Additionally, the ‘Ours’ singer sold out 87 of her 89 stops. Next in line, at sixth place, is Kenny Chesney, grossing $84,576,917 with 1,160,132 party people in attendance.

For Taylor, such a distinction validates her hard work. “I am so proud of this tour, and the reason why it’s so much fun is because I obsess over how to treat each song,” says the 22-year-old entertainer. “One of the things that I love about the Speak Now tour is that it’s very theatrical, and each song has its own treatment. The reason I obsess over it so much is that I obsess over writing them so much.”

Closing out the countdown was Jason Aldean at 24, making $27,768,963 and playing for 790,530 fans, and Toby Keith at 25, with $27,313, 132 in ticket revenue and 673,668 people in attendance.

Non-country folks to make the list include Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Bieber and the ‘Glee’ concert tour. See the entire countdown here.

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