Madonna leads Billboard’s top-grossing tours in 2012
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Madonna tops Billboard’s list of highest-grossing live tours, having earned an estimated $228.4 million in ticket sales. AP photoWhile this year’s pop charts have been dominated by young singers, it is veteran music stars, led by Madonna, who are commanding big money in tour ticket sales, according to a new Billboard list released Dec. 18.
Madonna, 54, topped Billboard’s list of highest-grossing live tours, earning an estimated $228.4 million in ticket sales from her sold-out ninth worldwide tour in support of her 12th studio album “MDNA.” Madonna came ahead of pop star Lady Gaga, who landed at No. 6, with ticket sales of $124.9 million from her “Born This Way Ball” tour.
Top five tours
Music publication Billboard compiled its list through estimated gross ticket sales figures from Billboard box scores, which tracks concert tours, ticket prices and sales. The top five highest-grossing tour acts of 2012 included Bruce Springsteen, 63, and the E Street band at No. 2 with $199 million from 72 shows and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, 69, at No. 3 with $186 million.
Cirque Du Soleil’s homage to late singer Michael Jackson in “The Immortal World Tour” ranked No. 4 with $147.3 million over 183 shows, and British rock band Coldplay was fifth with $147.2 million over 67 shows.
The only other young stars in the list of 25 top-grossing tours was Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, 18, at No. 20 with $30 million from 29 shows as part of his ongoing “Believe” tour, and country-pop darling Taylor Swift, 23, who raked in $26 million from 21 shows from her “Speak Now World Tour.”