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Pollstar: U2 top touring act of last decade

It was a beautiful decade for U2 on the touring front, as the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers raked in over $1 billion in sales to be named the artist of the decade by Pollstar.

The touring trade publication tracks data on tours globally. It says U2 grossed $1.03 billion in ticket sales f rom November 2009 to November 2019. They were followed by The Rolling Stones, which had just under a billion with $929 million; Ed Sheeran was third with $922 million; Taylor Swift was fourth with an estimated $900 million; and Beyonce was at No. 5 with $857 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Roger Waters.

VenuesNow, Pollstar's sister outlet, named London's O2 the top grossing venue.

James Taylor audio memoir coming next year

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James Taylor isn't working on a typical rock star memoir.

The singer-songwriter has a deal with producer-distributor Audible for the audio-only "Break Shot," focusing on his early years and ending on "the cusp" of his 1970s fame. Scheduled for early 2020, the book features an interview with journalist Bill Flanagan and highlights from his music. Taylor's hits include "Fire and Rain," "You've Got a Friend" and Handy Man."

In a statement Thursday, Taylor said the book would cover his "beginnings," the "on-ramp to the road" he still travels on. Taylor grew up in Massachusetts and North Carolina and by the late 1960s had attracted enough admirers to sign with the Beatles' Apple label.

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The Audible has previously reached deals with Robert Caro and Michel Lewis, among others.

Voight, Krauss win Arts, Humanities Medals

President Donald Trump on Thursday honored an Oscar-winning actor, a bluegrass-country singer, a conservative think tank and others with two of the most prestigious national awards in the arts and humanities.

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It was first time during his nearly three-year-old presidency that Trump has awarded the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal.

Voight, who stars in the Showtime drama "Ray Donovan," won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of a troubled Vietnam War veteran in the 1978 film "Coming Home" and starred in the 1969 Oscar-winning best picture "Midnight Cowboy."

The other recipients of the National Medal of Arts were Alison Krauss, a Grammy-winning bluegrass-country musician; Sharon Percy Rockefeller, the CEO of Washington's flagship public television and radio stations; and the musicians of the U.S. military.

The National Humanities Medal recipients were Teresa Lozano Long, a Texas philanthropist; Patrick O'Connell, the chef and proprietor of the restaurant The Inn At Little Washington in Virginia; mystery writer James Patterson; and the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank based in California.

Today's birthdays: Actor-game-show host Ben Stein is 75. Actor John Larroquette is 72. "Dancing With the Stars" judge Bruno Tonioli is 64. Singer Amy Grant is 59. Actor Billy Burke ("Twilight" films) is 53. Actress Christina Applegate is 48. Actor Kristian Nairn ("Game of Thrones") is 44. Actor Jerry Ferrara ("Entourage") is 40. Actress Katie Cassidy ("Arrow," new "Melrose Place") is 33.

— The Associated Press


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