You like U2! You really like U2!
The Irish rock band dominated the 2011 concert biz. U2's 360 Tour was the highest grossing concert series this year, selling $156 million in the U.S. and $231 miilion worldwide.
U2's Avatar like numbers include selling 1.7 million tickets at $91.67 a pop!
But that's not all!
Country music was FIERCE in 2011. Tay-Tay and Kenny Chesney at number two and three in the U.S. respectively.
Internationally, the reunion of Robbie Williams and his Take That bandmates pulled in $224 million, second to Bono and Co.
2012 promises to be a concert explosion too. Reunions
Despite Robbie Williams' departure (again), the English boy band is moving forward.
Take That has been under speculation of an inevitable end with the second exit of Robbie, but their rep confirms they're all simply taking a break.
After doing so many live shows with Robbie aboard, we bet their energy is low! Time to reboot…
On Robbie's leaving, Gary Barlow says:
We did NOT expect such a controlled, delicate voice to come out of this guy!
NOR did we expect him to transition into such a powerhouse as he kept going!
Check out the X Factor UK contestant Craig Colton blow Gary Barlow and guest-judge Robbie Williams out of the water with his unique and riveting interpretation of Beyonce's Halo during the Judges' House round of auditions (above)!
Really makes the song his own, right?
And as Robbie says, "hits you right between the chest!"
P.S. We love seeing the two of them together! Robbie is HIGHlarious, as always!
THIS. LOOKS. EPIC!
Check out a preview of what to expect from Take That's Progress Live Stadium Tour DVD, which the recently-reunited group took to over 1.8 million people and 29 stadiums around the United Kingdom and Ireland, and is set to be released on November 21st (above)!
The scope of this whole thing is UNBELIEVABLE!
And of course, we're just thrilled to see Robbie back with the gang - and singing some of his solo stuff, for good measure!
Gah! We want this NOW!
Let's just make sure it stays like that. We don't want this turning into another 15 year break.
With their latest tour completed and the boys having families and solo careers to get back to, Take That is preparing to go on a bit of a hiatus from the band. Sources tell us that unlike before, this is a mutual decision between all the guys in the band and is not hindered on Robbie Williams desire to go back to his solo career. An insider explains:
You can't argue that boy isn't keeping himself hella busy!
Despite being only just finished with his Take That tour, Robbie Williams recently took to his blog to reveal that he's back in El Lay, and hard at work on the lyrics for his ninth solo album!
"Lyric progress? I wrote everything I needed to finish - aren't I a good boy? I know I like blanket statements about my music - but this album is by far my most consistent. We have an embarrassment of riches where singles are concerned - happy days. I wrote out my dream set list for a future tour - Exciting. 'Me and my Monkey' hasn't made it I just don't think I can remember the words should I reconsider?"
Ha! We love him!
He's just too funny, no?!
So excited to hear your new material, you rascal!
We can't wait!
What do U think?? Are U looking forward to the latest from Robbie?
[Image via WENN.]
Damn! He's going to be pretty busy when this tour is over!
A baby and a solo album? Ambitious!
Robbie Williams reveals that he is hard at work completing some solo tracks while finishing up Take That's European tour. The tour officially came to a close last week, but rather than take a vacation, Robbie fly straight back to Los Angeles where he reportedly is already in the studio working on his next solo album.
Robbie confirmed the happy news via his blog, saying: