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Madonna rules the 2012 touring box office

 

Madonna is the year's top-grossing artists, according to Billboard. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com

Madonna is the year's top-grossing artists, according to Billboard. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com

Madonna is still the queen – at least at the touring box office.

Billboard released its Top 25 Tours of 2012, and the enduring pop icon – who played one of the last dates of her tour at Philips Arena last month – tops the list with a total gross of more than $228 million. Madonna performed 72 shows (all sold out) for 1.6 million people.

Aside from Coldplay at No. 5, the top slots are filled with music stalwarts, including Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at No. 2 (72 shows, 52 sell outs, total gross of $199 million, played for 2.17 million people), who kicked off thetour at Philips, and Roger Waters at No. 3 (72 shows, 51 sell outs, total gross of $186 million, played for 1.68 million).

The touring version of Michael Jackson’s Cirque du Soleil spectacle – which played three nights here over the summer – clocked in at No. 4, with “The Immortal World Tour” playing an exhausting 183 shows (9 sell outs) to 1.37 million people for a gross of $147.3 million.

It was a huge year for Chris Martin and Coldplay. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com.

It was a huge year for Chris Martin and Coldplay. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com.

Coldplay’s No. 5 showing is based on their 67-shows (56 sell outs), a total attendance of 1.8 million and a total gross of $147.2 million.

In case you couldn’t tell, artists are ranked by gross, compiled by Billboard Boxscores between Nov. 9, 2011 and Nov. 13, 2012.

A few Georgia-related artists made the list as well:

No. 13: Jason Aldean, who played two sellouts at Lakewood Amphitheater in May, had another 57 sellouts on his list for a gross of nearly $40 million and total attendance of slightly more than 984,000.

No. 14: Lady Antebellum made a June showing at The Arena at Gwinnett Center and played 87 other shows (72 sellouts, including here) for a gross of $38.4 million and total attendance of about 860,000.

Part-time Atlantans Elton John and Justin Bieber came in back-to-back at numbers 19 and 20, respectively.

John performed 38 shows (25 sellouts) and raked in $32.9 million while playing for more than 240,000 fans.

Bieber, meanwhile, played 29 dates (all but one sold out) for a gross of $30.7 million culled from nearly 403,000 fans.

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

3 comments Add your comment

Marco

December 18th, 2012
1:48 am

There’s only one QUEEN and that’s MADONNA!!! Bitch

Pollstar

December 19th, 2012
10:10 am

@marco, take off your panties Madonna has her str*p*n for you

ironeagle

December 20th, 2012
12:08 pm

well there can only be one ‘Queen’– if i can quote Highlander– and that would be Freddie, Brian, John, and Roger…. and sometimes Paul Rodgers or Adam Lambert. :-)