Madonna wrapped her Rebel Heart tour in Sydney, Australia last week (March 20), extending her reign as highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time.
Madonna typically makes headlines for all the wrong reasons. Recently, she sparked controversy when the "Unapologetic Bitch" singer pulled the top off a 17-year-old concert goer on stage in front of thousands. The potential for that situation to turn sour was immense, but fortunately for the material girl, the teenage fan didn't think anything of it. That scandal followed the meltdown drama – blogs began reporting about Madonna's "erratic" behavior on stage and cited her custody battle with Guy Ritchie to blame. Fortunately, this latest report brings good news!
Madonna's Rebel Heart tour solidifies her spot in touring history as the highest-grossing solo act of all time. Her latest run grossed $170 million & sold more than 1 million tickets over 82 shows since its kick-off date last September in Montreal, making her the third highest-grossing touring act ever. She's only trailing behind The Rolling Stones who have grossed $1.84 billion over their career and U2, who pulled in $1.67 billion total.
The Rebel Heart trek 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.
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