Queen of Pop Madonna proved a long time ago her reign was far from limited to pop charts.
Currently holding the record for the most successful tour ever by a solo act (see: 2008’s whopping $408 million-generating ‘Sticky and Sweet Tour’), the songstress is now making more noise in touring history books thanks to her current outing ‘The Rebel Heart Tour’ (christened after her 13th album of the same name).
And, while the ‘Living For Love’-led project is the worst-selling of her career, its supportive tour is singing a much different tune.
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Altogether during the first month of the year, the pop diva performed for just over 150,000 fans at 12 concerts, adding $19.3 million to her tour’s overall gross that has now topped the $100 million mark. Since the Sept. 9 opening performance in Montreal, the Rebel Heart tour has reached $107.3 million in ticket sales at 61 concerts.
With the latest receipts added to her overall tally, Madge is etched in history books as the only female artist in history to cross the $1 billion mark in reported ticket sales. In fact, she is only one of six acts “who have topped the $1 billion mark in reported ticket sales since Billboard began tracking concert grosses in the early 1990s.”
Those artists, in order of ticket sales, are:
- Rolling Stones – $1.8 billion
- U2 – $1.6 billion
- Madonna – $1.24 billion
- Bruce Springsteen – $1.23 billion
- Elton John – $1.05 billion
- Bon Jovi – $1.03 billion
It should be noted that many of these acts are currently on tour and, as a result, should expect to see their revised grosses only cement their spots as the most sought after touring acts in history!