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2012 Year in Review: Top 3 Canadian touring acts

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Billboard has released their list of the top 25 tours of 2012 and while Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band and Roger Waters occupy the first three positions, Canadians also made appearances on the countdown.

Justin Bieber

The Biebs came in at No. 20 after he set out on his "Believe" tour this September, earning $30,667,737 with a total of 402,710 Beliebers in attendance. Bieber managed to sell out 28 out of 29 performances.

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Bieber has recently announced the addition of 30 tour dates in 2013 and if his past set list is any indication, those going to see him next year can expect a mix of hits old and new with tracks such as "One Time" and "Somebody to Love" alongside "As Long As You Love Me" and "Beauty and a Beat."

Spoiler alert!
Just to give you an idea of the scale of the "Believe" tour, check out how Bieber enters the arena in this YouTube clip with a giant set of instrument wings on his back.

(Skip to 2:42 for a good look at the wings.)

Nickelback

Nickelback came in at No. 17, after their "Here and Now Tour", which began in April, sold out seven of their 50 concert dates.

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The rockers had 492,492 fans come to see them this year and grossed $33,790,267.

One of the cutest moments to come out of the tour happened during their Sept. 26 stop in Germany when frontman Chad Kroeger got the entire audience to sing "Happy Birthday" to his fiancé Avril Lavigne.

Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque Du Soleil's "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour" ranked highest of the Canadian touring acts on Billboard's top 25 tours of 2012 list. It came in at No. 4 and grossed  $147,310,505 this year.

The Quebec-based company put on a total of 183 shows with nine sold out performances and 1,374,482 fans in attendance.

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The artistic troupe was featured on "Dancing with the Stars" and with routines like this, it's no wonder they ranked so high in 2012.

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