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Rolling Stones ranked No. 1 in Billboard list of top live acts from 1990 to 2014

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In a 24-year period, the Rolling Stones have grossed more than $1.6 billion in ticket sales and are ranked No. 1 in Billboard's list of the Top 25 live acts from 1990 to 2014. Billboard made the announcement on May 27, 2014.

From 1990 to May 2014, the Rolling Stones have grossed $1,565,792,382 in ticket sales from 538 concerts, with attending totaling 19,677,569, according to Billboard.

U2 was ranked close behind at No. 2 (with $1,514,979,793 in ticket sales), while Bruce Springsteen held down the No. 3 spot,with $1,196,116,507 in ticket sales. (See the full list below.)

The No. 1 ranking for the Stones should come as no surprise to longtime fans, since the band has often had the top-grossing tour of the year almost every time that the Stones have toured for the past few decades.

The Rolling Stones are currently on their "14 on Fire" tour, which goes to Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. (See the tour dates below.)

In the 1980s and 1990s, the Rolling Stones toured in stadiums. In the 2000s and 2010s, the Rolling Stones have scaled back and toured in arenas. However, their ticket prices continue to rise. And even though many fans complain about the ticket prices, Rolling Stones tours always sell out.

During the Rolling Stones' "50 and Counting" anniversary tour 2013, U.S. ticket prices ranged from $85 for a basic ticket to about $2,500 for a VIP ticket package. Most of the tickets for that tour's U.S. concerts were priced at $150 to $600 each. To ensure that some fans get a chance at seating in front rows with the lowest-priced tickets, the Rolling Stones have randomly allocated some of their lowest-priced tickets to have seating in the front.

Top Live Artists From 1990-2014

1. The Rolling Stones

Gross: $1,565,792,382

Attendance: 19,677,569

Shows: 538

2. U2

Gross: $1,514,979,793

Attendance: 20,536,168

Shows: 526

3. Bruce Springsteen

Gross: $1,196,116,507

Attendance: 15,010,773

Shows: 727

4. Madonna

Gross: $1,140,230,941

Attendance: 9,694,079

Shows: 382

5. Bon Jovi

Gross: $1,030,082,884

Attendance: 12,333,668

Shows: 578

6. Elton John*

Gross: $786,791,043

Attendance: 12,164,513

Shows: 956

7. Dave Matthews Band

Gross: $776,969,736

Attendance: 17,823,077

Shows: 992

8. Celine Dion

Gross: $737,573,927

Attendance: 6,546,109

Shows: 1,143

9. Kenny Chesney

Gross: $752,706,599

Attendance: 12,681,629

Shows: 755

10. The Eagles

Gross: $702,110,908

Attendance: 7,720,760

Shows: 484

11. The Police/Sting

Gross: $556,114,962

Attendance: 7,257,611

Shows: 605

12. Roger Waters

Gross: $547,305,412

Attendance: 5,474,759

Shows: 316

13. Paul McCartney

Gross: $505,534,809

Attendance: 5,248,175

Shows: 220

14. Billy Joel*

Gross: $499,978,726

Attendance: 10,408,169

Shows: 577

15. Rod Stewart

Gross: $497,033,399

Attendance: 7,885,676

Shows: 714

16. Neil Diamond

Gross: $465,448,371

Attendance: 8,870,666

Shows: 643

17. Metallica

Gross: $432,816,245

Attendance: 8,388,374

Shows: 468

18. Aerosmith

Gross: $417,573,638

Attendance: 8,405,069

Shows: 582

19. George Strait

Gross: $405,034,063

Attendance: 9,736,580

Shows: 584

20. Jimmy Buffett

Gross: $402,756,057

Attendance: 9,746,471

Shows: 539

21. Coldplay

Gross: $378,359,252

Attendance: 5,394,616

Shows: 315

22. Toby Keith

Gross: $361,256,245

Attendance: 8,608,696

Shows: 711

23. Cher

Gross: $351,625,611

Attendance: 4,531,739

Shows: 548

24. Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks

Gross: $349,906,931

Attendance: 4,906,995

Shows: 483

25. AC/DC

Gross: $337,879,092

Attendance: 5,387,353

Shows: 316

*Includes co-headlining tours

(Source: Billboard Boxscore)

Here are the announced dates for the "14 on Fire" tour:

Feb. 21, 2014: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -- Du Arena, Yas Island

Feb. 26, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome

March 4, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome

March 6, 2014: Tokyo -- Tokyo Dome

March 9, 2014: Cotai, Macau -- Cotai Arena

March 12, 2014: Shanghai -- Mercedes-Benz Arena

March 15, 2014: Singapore -- Marina Bay Sands Grand Ballroom

May 26, 2014: Oslo, Norway -- Telenor Arena

May 29, 2014: Lisbon, Portugal -- Rock in Rio Festival

June 1, 2014: Zurich -- Letzigrund Stadium

June 4, 2014: Tel Aviv, Israel -- HaYarkon Park

June 7, 2014: Landgraaf, the Netherlands -- Pinkpop Festival

June 10, 2014: Berlin -- Waldbühne

June 13, 2014: Paris -- Stade de France

June 16, 2014: Vienna -- Ernst Happel Stadium

June 19, 2014: Düsseldorf, Germany -- Esprit Arena

June 22, 2014: Rome -- Circus Maximus

June 25, 2014: Madrid -- Bernabeu Stadium

June 28, 2014: Werchter, Belgium -- TW Classic Festival

July 1, 2014: Stockholm -- Tele2 Arena

July 3, 2014: Roskilde, Denmark -- Roskilde Festival

Oct. 25, 2014: Adelaide, Australia -- Oval*

Oct. 29, 2014: Perth, Australia -- Perth Arena*

Nov. 1, 2014: Perth, Australia -- Perth Arena

Nov. 5, 2014: Melbourne, Australia -- Rod Laver Arena*

Nov. 8, 2014: Macedon Ranges, Australia -- Hanging Rock*

Nov. 12, 2014: Sydney -- Allphones Arena*

Nov. 15, 2014: Pokolbin, Australia -- Hope Estate, Hunter Valley

Nov. 18, 2014: Brisbane, Australia -- Entertainment Centre*

Nov. 22, 2014: Auckland, New Zealand -- Mount Smart Stadium*

*previously postponed concert

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