U2's 360 tour has emerged as 2011's biggest concert trek, grossing $231 million (£144.4 million) globally.
Officials at concert tracker Pollstar report the tour made $156 million (£97.5 million) in North America alone.
Statistics show U2 sold 1.7 million tickets in North America during the year, putting the Irish rockers ahead of Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney.
Globally, grown-up boy band Take That ranked number two behind U2, taking in $224 million (£140 million) from 34 appearances.