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Madonna has highest grossing tour of 2012

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As usual, while those pesky youngsters might populate the record sales charts, its old-timers who dominate in the end-of-year touring stats, with Madonna boasting the most lucrative tour of the year, possibly justifying the ludicrous sum of money promoter Live Nation paid to the aging queen of pop for a stake in her whole career in 2007.

Though perhaps the real kudos should go to Michael Jackson, whose musical legacy comes fourth in the year-end touring charts despite his death three years ago.

Here’s the Billboard end-of-year touring top ten…

1. Madonna
Total Gross $228,406,085; Number of Shows 72;
Total Attendance 1,635,176; Number of Sell-Outs 72

2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Total Gross $199,371,791; Number of Shows 72;
Total Attendance 2,165,925; Number of Sell-Outs 54

3. Roger Waters
Total Gross $186,466,703; Number of Shows 72;
Total Attendance 1,680,042; Number of Sell-Outs 51

4. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil
Total Gross $147,310,505; Number of Shows 183;
Total Attendance 1,374,482; Number of Sell-Outs 9

5. Coldplay
Total Gross $147,188,828; Number of Shows 67;
Total Attendance 1,811,787; Number of Sell-Outs 56

6. Lady Gaga
Total Gross $124,879,545; Number of Shows 65;
Total Attendance 1,111,099; Number of Sell-Outs 65

7. Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw
Total Gross $96,458,890; Number of Shows 23;
Total Attendance 1,085,382; Number of Sell-Outs 9

8. Van Halen
Total Gross $54,425,548; Number of Shows 46;
Total Attendance 522,296; Number of Sell-Outs 9

9. Jay-Z & Kanye West
Total Gross $46,986,464; Number of Shows 31;
Total Attendance 371,777; Number of Sell-Outs 15

10. Andre Rieu
Total Gross $46,785,717; Number of Shows 99;
Total Attendance 490,165; Number of Sell-Outs 2

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