Andre Rieu is top 10 Touring act
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Andre Rieu is top 10 Touring act

New York, NY, January 5th, 2008 -With an incredible number of 714,617 tickets sold and a gross revenue of US$76.9 mln Andre Rieu clinched the 8th position in Pollstar’s top 10 of worldwide touring acts. At 59, Rieu is still burning from ambition and his next goal is to definitively conquer the USA.

Pollstar, the organization that keeps track of the concert industry just published their annual ranking of the top 10 worldwide concert tours. The list is topped by Madonna with a gross of US$281.6 mln. The top three is completed by Celine Dion, with a gross revenue of US$236.6 mln and Bon Jovi, with US$176.3 mln.

Rieu debuts at number 8, with a gross revenue of US$76.9 mln. For his 71 shows, Rieu sold 714,617 tickets in 2008.

After almost making the top 10 in the past few years, Rieu debuts at number 8, with a gross revenue of US$76.9 mln. For his 71 shows, Rieu sold 714,617 tickets in 2008. The average of 10,065 tickets is without a doubt the highest a classical artist has ever seen.

With over 300,000 tickets already sold for concerts in 2009, Rieu is on its way to become a fixture in the worldwide touring charts. Andre Rieu has scheduled 35 concerts throughout the USA and Canada in April, May and June. He also rolled out plans to tour Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and of course his home country the Netherlands.

The success of Rieu was driven by strong ticket sales in Europe and Australia for his World Stadium Tour – Rieu’s extravagant tour with a full size reproduction of Empress Sisi’s Castle, the biggest stage ever to go on tour. The top 10 accomplishment is only firing up Rieu’s ambitions. He is hunting for more success and bigger things. “The USA is next on the list. It’s my goal to tour the States with the Schonbrunn Castle. The success there hasn’t kept up with the success in Europe, Asia and Australia, and we’re going to do everything possible to conquer the USA and sell out football stadiums,” according to Rieu.

Rieu’s benchmark for success lies in Australia, where he virtually owns the charts. Rieu has positions one to six in the Music DVD Top 50 and a total of 21 records in the top 50. Rieu recently reached 100x platinum sales in Australia for his CD’s and DVD’s.

TOP 10 WORLDWIDE CONCERT TOURS

Rank Gross Millions Artist
1 $281.6 Madonna
2 $236.6 Celine Dion
3 $176.3 Bon Jovi
4 $165.8 Bruce Springsteen
5 $120.6 The Police
6 $94.8 Neil Diamond
7 $86.6 Eagles
8 $76.9 André Rieu
9 $72.2 Kenny Chesney
10 $71.9 Coldplay

source: www.pollstarpro.com