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Madonna may be past her prime, but anyone who believes the singer is past her moneymaking prime would be dead wrong. The 2012 concert numbers are in, and Madonna's "MDNA" tour is at #1, beating out the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Roger Waters, Kenny Chesney, and the Michael Jackson tribute tour created by Cirque Du Soleil—a show I feel is suspect on this list to be marked as a “concert,” but that’s an argument for another story.
Billboard announced the numbers, compiled via Billboard Boxscores, which shows Madonna made $228,406,085 via touring during her 2012 run. A not-so-close second was Bruce Springsteen, who made $199,371,791 from touring this year. Interestingly, Springsteen actually performed to a larger audience than Madonna, but apparently people are willing to shell out more for the “Give Me All Your Luvin’” singer than they will per ticket for The Boss.
Interestingly, Madonna also sold out all 72 of her concert stops in 2012. This was a feat that the number 2 through 4 slots—Springsteen, Roger Waters, and Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour—did not manage. However, Lady Gaga capably sold out 65 shows and was #6 on this year’s list, Barbara Streisand easily sold out 12 shows and was #12 on the list, Jason Aldean sold out an impressive 59 shows, but only made it to #13 on the list, and Taylor Swift sold out a short 21-show schedule, hitting 24th on the list.
Overall, it was a good year for some country, pop, and rock singers and bands, and Pop Blend would like to wish those acts, as well as others, the best of luck in the new year.