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U2 has top-grossing tour of 2011

From left, U2 bass player Adam Clayton, guitarist The Edge and lead singer Bono perform at the New Meadowlands Stadium on July 20, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. Mike Coppola

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Which musicians had the top-grossing concert tour of 2011? Here's a hint: "No Line on the Horizon."

Pictures: "U2 in 3D"

That's right, perennially popular Irish rockers U2 were again the top touring band in the world in 2011, repeating the group's globe-topping haul from 2009, according to trade magazine Pollstar.

The band brought in $231.9 million in 34 shows, narrowly beating out British boy band Take That, which took in $224 million after reuniting with its popular front man, Robbie Williams.

U2's 2009 concerts took in $311 million worldwide.

New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi took third place, grossing $148.8 million during the year. Rounding out the top five were Taylor Swift ($104.2 million) and Roger Waters ($103.6 million).

Globally, the top 25 tours of 2011 reaped in $2.1 billion, about the same as last year.

North American gross ticket sales from the Top 25 tours took in $1.19 billion, down about 4 percent from a year ago.

Pollstar editor in chief Gary Bongiovanni said concert promoter Live Nation's efforts to cut down on money-losing shows likely resulted in the decline.

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