If the last year in music has proved anything, it is that whatever industry politics, changes in the chart system and unforeseen controversies throw at an artist, nothing can hinder the success of that performer if they are backed by a loyal and willing support base.
This week saw Pop icon Britney Spears learn that lesson all too well.
For, despite the lack luster sales generated by her latest ‘Femme Fatale‘ outing, its supporting tour has raked in a whopping 69 million dollars, beating the likes of Lady GaGa and Katy Perry on this year’s list of highest grossing Pop tours.
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In at at #11, the tour- which had an average ticket price of $98- made the exact total of $68.7 million, placing it two spots beneath Sade‘s ‘Sade Live’ which brought in an impressive $83 million.
Holding court at #7 is Rihanna‘s ‘Loud‘ Tour with a commendable $90 million made since kicking off in Baltimore on June 4th of this year.
Meanwhile, Lady GaGa‘s ‘Monster Ball‘ is this year’s #14 raking in a cool $63.7 million, even after hitting the road over two years ago in support of the performer’s second album ‘The Fame Monster‘.
9 places below GaGa is Jay Z & Kanye West with ‘Watch The Throne‘ which pulled in $48 million and 6 places above them is Usher‘s ‘OMG Tour‘ with $59 million.
Katy Perry‘s ‘California Dreams Tour‘ pulled $59 placing it firmly at #16 and in at #1 is U2’s ‘360 Degrees Tour‘ which generated a mind blowing $231 million after kicking off in Spain in June 2009.