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TOURING

Clicking "LIKE" or "FOLLOW" doesn't demand a whole lot from a fan. Buying a concert ticket, on the other hand, represents a much greater commitment. Here's a ranking of each performer's live grosses since 2009 – topped by a fairly surprising contender.

The top four here makes sense: When it comes to live shows by pop divas, spectacle equals dollars. Lady Gaga's two-year Monster Ball Tour, recently chronicled in an HBO special, set the bar with elaborate sets, costumes and theatricality. But no one, not even Gaga, topped P!nk, who has gradually emerged as a powerhouse on the road. Her multiyear Funhouse jaunt took her around the world, including Australia, where she played for more than 660,000 fans, the biggest tour in the continent's history. And what were we just saying about athleticism? P!nk has restyled herself as an aerial acrobat, performing jaw-dropping spins while wrapped in ribbons from arena ceilings – a stunt she introduced to millions of TV viewers at the 2010 Grammys with a mesmerizing performance of her hit "Glitter in the Air."

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