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Bon Jovi records 'biggest international tour' of 2013

Rock band Bon Jovi has recorded the biggest international tour of 2013, attracting more than two million fans to their 90 sell-out shows and raking in close to £126 million.

Bon Jovi band members (L-R) David Bryan, Jon Bon Jovi and Tico Torres during the launch of the 'Because We Can' tour in Australia. Credit: AAP Image/Julian Smith

The top-selling tour for a British act for 2013 was The Rolling Stones, with their shows grossing around £77.5 million, according to Billboard. In total, 326,998 fans attended the Stones' 23 sell-out shows across the year.

Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts from The Rolling Stones performing in Hyde Park in London. Credit: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

Boy band One Direction pipped Justin Bieber in the most-popular tour stakes, making the list at twelfth and thirteenth respectively.

Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan of One Direction perform during the 2013 Brit Awards. Credit: Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

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William chats with pop stars at charity gala

Prince William enjoyed the company of stars Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift during a charity gala in Kensington Palace.

Prince William chats to pop star Taylor Swift. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The trio were the main attractions at the Winter Whites Gala in Kensington Palace to support homeless charity Centrepoint.

William met Bon Jovi and Swift at the State Apartments before hitting the red carpet.

Other guests included Benedict Cumberbatch, James Blunt and Tinie Tempah.

William meets Jon Bon Jovi and his family. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge stopped to acknowledge one of the men who was helping to create fake snow as the guests arrived.

William at the gala Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Gerry Glynn, who was blowing the soap and water mix over guests, said he was shocked the prince stopped to speak to him.

"He was very impressed with the snow," Mr Glynn laughed.

Bon Jovi to perform for free in financially-stricken Spain

American rock band Bon Jovi will waive the fee for their concert in Madrid because of the economic problems the country is facing.

The concert, due to take place in Madrid on June 27, was originally left out of the European tour in case they couldn't sell enough tickets.

US singer Jon Bon Jovi has revealed that his band have waived their fee for a concert in Madrid next month Credit: DPA/Press Association Images

But lead singer Jon Bon Jovi told Spain's El Mundo newspaper that the group decided to perform for free as a thank you to Spanish fans for 30 years of support.

Tickets, priced between €18 and €39 (£15 and £33), have already sold out.