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.
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.
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene