Top Grossing Concert Tours of 2012

Jay-Z & Kanye WestAs 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to tally up the totals from the year’s big headlining concert tours. As one would expect, the top tours are those names that can pack in the stadiums.  Coincidentally the top 3 tours all held the same number of shows, 72, with each of them having a similar ticket price point it came to the number of sell-outs to determine the #1.

The Top Ten Grossing Tours of 2012 as compiled by Billboard Magazine are:

#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 (pictured)
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

To read about more top tours, see Billboard’s Top 25 List

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