2016 Year In Review: Madonna Becomes Highest Grossing Solo Touring Artist In History

Published: Sunday 4th Dec 2016 by Rashad
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Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2016 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

Next we’ll take a royal walk down memory lane as Queen of Pop Madonna officially became Queen of the Road…

Report:

“With the wrap of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour on March 20 in Sydney, the pop superstar solidifies her status as the highest-grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history. Based on Billboard’s Boxscore archives that stretch back to 1990, her overall concert grosses reached $1.31 billion with the tour’s final show.

The Rebel Heart trek grossed $169.8 million from 1,045,479 tickets sold at 82 performances.  Overall, Madonna ranks third on all-time top-grossing Billboard Boxscore list, with only bands The Rolling Stones ($1.84 billion) and U2 ($1.67 billion) ahead of her.”

Her concert grosses listed above do NOT include her critically and commercially acclaimed debut tour outing ‘The Virgin Tour’ North American Tour (which reportedly grossed $11 million) and its follow-up ‘The Who’s That Girl’ World Tour (which reportedly grossed $52 million).

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  1. Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is 👑 December 4, 2016

    Congrats Granny.

    • Danny Beylmaoo December 4, 2016

      Lmaooo

  2. Meteorite December 4, 2016

    Brava Madam M!

  3. Danzou December 4, 2016

    Ironically, this post is about to turn into a hive fest.

    • Jay December 4, 2016

      Well now you are mentioning the Hive its going to be a hive fest ..but everyone has to agree Madonna is Slayin and Bey is comin for that Crown!

  4. mr.m December 4, 2016

    negro-yonce could never
    ci-error could never
    Goathanna could never
    Michelle Williams …. well, her name is enough

    • Molly #Stargirl December 4, 2016

      Neither could Fatina you tacky bitxch 😂

  5. Cough Cough December 4, 2016

    Say what you want about Madonna but she is legendary and has continuously been on her grind and proven time and time again that she is timeless. We don’t have stars like her, MJ, Janet, Prince etc anymore. We really don’t. Cherish what she’s brought to the game because clearly she’s slaying every act currently on billboard now in coins, sales and all around originality. Slay Madge

  6. LB December 4, 2016

    Never understood why anybody would pay to see Granny struggle to move on stage, forced back flips, stiff hip splits, forced yoga moves and half octave notes on songs she pretended but didn’t actually write.

    All people are paying for is a light show.

    People have given granny too much of a pass but in actual fact, she is the biggest fraud in music history since Elvis and Beyonce.

    I have your card Granny, you can fool mainstream media and white gays but you’re not fooling me.

    • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

      You’re just mad because The “Black Madonna’s” tour is currently flopping

      • LB December 4, 2016

        Girl go obsess over someone else, I am good and fulfilled.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        Girl bye! Your minions have you feeling like youre some sort of Z list celebrity or some s***

      • LB December 4, 2016

        I must be a celebrity in your mind, you cannot resist to try and seek attention from Molly and I.

        Go get yourself a real man, if you can find one who is willing to lower their standards low enough to stomach a creature like you. Molly and I are good honey.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        Lol girl, it’s not even that serious. Go figure out if you’re a top or bottom, that’s the real mystery

      • LB December 4, 2016

        And I bet it is a question you’re dying to know the answer to seeing that I am all you think about, but no thanks. I have standards.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        Listen BeansForBrains, nobody cares about your impoverished, uneducated, s.t.d. infected ass. Trust me!

      • LB December 4, 2016

        You care, that’s why you dig up my old comments and are the first one to come into my mentions without an invitation.

        I don’t know why you’ll never get it, Molly and I are not interested in you.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        Ohh that’s you mad? jajaja. Youre acting like I stole your man in a past life. RELAX.

      • LB December 4, 2016

        If any man is willing to leave me for you, I am waaaayyyy better off without him.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        *why

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        Kii you seem like a guy who always gets friendzoned.

      • LB December 4, 2016

        Oh you’re an expert on my life now? The obsession continues LOL. Get a life love.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        In order for anyone to obsess over you, you’d have to have some significance and that you do NOT possess lmao

      • LB December 4, 2016

        You’re obsessed with me, so I must have significance in your life

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        OR NAH! Lol I automatically have an advantage over you because im awesome, and you know it, I totally have it going on and you dont!!!

      • LB December 4, 2016

        Ya, I’m sure you’re awesome at running my fan page. I mean you even go to lengths of digging up my old comments and seeking me out whenever I post a comment on this site. Your obsession is real LOL.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        Typical response from a SENSATIVE to the curb ass N**** lmao. You “obsess” over ppl everyday but it’s ok cuz they’re celebrities right? It’s ok cuz they’re rich right? Elevate your mind stupid.

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) December 4, 2016

      That granny at 56 can still put on a better show than FRIHANNA….LMAO, NO WONDER U ARE PRESSED.

      • LB December 4, 2016

        Another member of my fan club, cute. How is my fan page doing?

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) December 4, 2016

      By the way..where is the rest of the CANTI tour boxscores….WHY DOESN’T SHE WANT TO RELEASE IT?? WHAT IS SHE HIDING, WE ALREADY KNOW SHE FAILED TO SELL OUT SIMPLE ARENAS IN THE US (EVEN THO WORK WAS NO 1 FOR NINE WEEKS)……..WHERE IS IT???

      • LB December 4, 2016

        LMAO I run your mind

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) December 4, 2016

        Cute.. i love OBSESSED (THE HIVE CAN RELATE WITH THE NAZI BEING OBSESSED WITH BEYONCE)…..NOW WHERE ARE THE BOXSCORES??

      • LB December 4, 2016

        And yet you’re the one who entered my mentions. This is your life, obsessing over me. I am the master of your mind.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        Like flop! Flop! Flop!

      • LB December 4, 2016

        Still here Ms Tyra? lol.

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) December 4, 2016

        Okay..yes u are…YOU HAVE YET TO ANSWER MY SIMPLE QUESTION. WHERE ARE THE BOXSCORES FOR THE CANNOTI TOUR??

      • LB December 4, 2016

        LOL look at the other one dying for my attention, your lives are this sad? I guess b!tches like yourselves need to get by somehow LOL, pathetic.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        Chile you need to take up a class at ICDC college or the Learning Annex, cuz youre clearly bored.

      • LB December 4, 2016

        Look at you trying to give education advice when the closest thing you’ve ever been to a degree is downloading a weather app on that boost mobile blackberry phone of yours.

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) December 4, 2016

        I guess R**** and DONALD TRUMP have two things in common then….TYLER TAKE A GUESS SIS???

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        You just proved me right, doofus!

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        @surprise
        What?? Lolol

      • LB December 4, 2016

        Yes, I have proven that you’re too inept to even get a GED.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        You’ve actually gone to school? That’s newsworthy.

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) December 4, 2016

        @Tyler…they are both scared to release things(NUMBERS) that will expose them as FRADUS and FLOPS to their respective fanbases.

      • LB December 4, 2016

        It must be for you, seeing that you’ll never see the inside of a classroom since your dropout.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        @Surprise
        MIC DROP! SHOTS FIRED! jajaja

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        B**** you’re as dumb as a pile of bricks jajaja

    • Jasmine December 5, 2016

      I think you are missing the point of this post. Do you honestly think Madonna was a “granny” her whole career? This post is about total tours from her whole 40+ year career. Use your brain and stop giving it so much. To much brain giving makes you catty for no reason.

  7. Beygency December 4, 2016

    For now Yonce is coming for her wig

    • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

      Yup! Better watch out. Bey is coming for that top spot

  8. Beyonceitis December 4, 2016

    Magazines will start naming Beyonce the the biggest musician ever, that’s what really matters, no one can touch her, maybe Mic, but because of her nose, her bleaching and child abuse, he was mocked and never respected by the media. Beyonce remains on top of all the recording artists

  9. Molly #Stargirl December 4, 2016

    Her stans must be worse zombies than the hive.. Smh she can’t sing bearly can dance and is old plus ugly what’s the point? 😂😂

    • LB December 4, 2016

      LMAO I know right, and this is the supposed “queen of pop”, white gays are the worst.

      • Molly #Stargirl December 4, 2016

        Exactly this grandma is a joke.

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) December 4, 2016

      But MOLLY THE MAID….U STAN SELENA HOEMEZ, WHO CAN’T SING AND DANCE TO SAVE HER RIGHT FOOT. THE IRONY IS BLATANT HERE…

  10. Shakira Stan December 4, 2016

    Why is a 56 year old woman slaying Beyonce… Didn’t the hive say she had the highest grossing tour of 2016?

    • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

      Formation is the highest grossing tour of 2016 dumb dumb. Madonna however, is the highest grossing tour act of ALL TIME! Nice try tho

      • HiJamon December 4, 2016

        Isn’t it Bruce Springsteen?

      • HiJamon December 4, 2016

        Isn’t Bruce springsteen the highest grossing tour of 2016?

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        No.

      • HiJamon December 4, 2016

        They reported him with the highest grossing tour with $266.5 million, so far. I believe hers is $256 million

      • Shakira Stan December 4, 2016

        Shameless liar!
        Formation is not the highest grossing tour of 2016

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        You got that off of Wikipedia huh? Lol

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        @Shakira Stan
        The bottom black ass line is, you were wrong! Formation grossed more than Madoona’s recent tour. Google is your friend sweetheart.

      • Shakira Stan December 4, 2016

        Still doesn’t make it the highest grossing tour of 2016.

      • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~ Tyler December 4, 2016

        According to who?

  11. Shakira Stan December 4, 2016

    Beyonce has no classic song ….the hives are so pathetic they call wack songs like cil and single ladies iconic…. Iconic songs are songs which transcends generations, have impact not just on the lives of a few but a generation of people.
    Madonna will always be bigger than Beyonce… Because she has made music that will transcend generations. While your c** guzzling fav stays asking her husband to stop cheating. So much for feminism

    • BEY>RIH December 4, 2016

      CIL and Single Ladies are two if the most iconic songs of the millennium. They are more remembered than any Goatkira song.

      • Shakira Stan December 4, 2016

        What does a hoodrat like you know… Move out of your shell, travel the world and see shakira is already a legend in many Latin American cities.. Her 1994 songs are still frequently played… How dare you even compare her with this local act.
        Which explains why shakira’s latest Spanish song is slaying every single from lemonade… Chantaje was released 2 weeks ago and already has nearly 80 million views while hold up was released a year ago and still can’t get to 60 million.
        Laundry service has outsold every single Beyonce album… Why does the hive like dragging themselves?

  12. 👠👡👢💄💅👑💍Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!🐝🍋🍹🎈🏮🌺🌸 December 4, 2016

    Damn! Y’all done took up the entire comment section space with that elongated conversation. I’m not mad, though. Some things need to be hashed out immediately and mustn’t wait to be handled. 😖

  13. December 4, 2016

    Madonna the Legendary one and only, that’s a status she has earned over and over again.

  14. SMH December 4, 2016

    People who comment on this site dont know how to congratulate anyone huh? The woman makes history and you come for her age? Well it doesnt stop the fact that Madonna will still probably be selling out concerts at 89 while your fave will struggle to hit HALF her tour revenue. Congrats Madge!

  15. Thando December 5, 2016

    The one and only true QUEEN of Pop. “Zaphers in the sky at night I wonder do my tears of mourning sink beneath the Sun. She’s got herself a universe gone quickly for the call of thunder threatens everyone…..”

    Madonna grossed $250 million plus YEARS ago, she has the highest grossing tour by a SOLO artist, and her FINAL tour is going to threaten U2’s 360 Tour all time gross.

    “The number don’t lie, check the scoreboard”

  16. We Nowqd Redv dimnobut it ash trjoan ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremxil December 6, 2016

    Good for her

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