Madonna Extends Record as Highest-Grossing Solo Touring Artist: $1.31 Billion Earned
March 23, 2016 News

Madonna Extends Record as Highest-Grossing Solo Touring Artist: $1.31 Billion Earned

With the wrap of the Rebel Heart Tour on March 20 in Sydney, Madonna 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 tour grossed $169.8 million from 1,045,479 tickets sold at 82 performances.

The tour launched on Sept. 9, 2015, in Montreal, spanned over seven months and visited four continents. It hit 20 arenas in the U.S. and Canada through the end of October. A European run through 16 cities in 11 countries followed in November and December, and a second North American stint began in January. Seven Asian cities were on tap in February, and the tour’s final leg wrapped Down Under with a four-city sweep through Australia and New Zealand.

The Rebel Heart Tour’s top-grossing venue was the Saitama Super Arena in the Tokyo market with $9.6 million earned at sold out shows on Feb. 13 and 14. Top box office counts among the North American markets came at New York City’s Madison Square Garden with $5.2 million in sales on Sept. 16 and 17.

Overall, Madonna ranks third on all-time top-grossing Billboard Boxscore list, with just The Rolling Stones ($1.84 billion) and U2 ($1.67 billion) ahead of her. Madonna is also one of only six artists — and the only woman — who have topped the $1 billion mark in overall concert grosses since 1990…

Top Grossing Billboard Boxscore Touring Acts*

The Rolling Stones — $1.84 billion
U2 — $1.67 billion
Madonna — $1.31 billion
Bruce Springsteen — $1.25 billion
Elton John — $1.05 billion
Bon Jovi — $1.03 billion

* through March 23, 2016

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