July this year will mark the 30th anniversary of Madonna’s debut self-titled album, but the popstar is still going strong and has been revealed as the highest earner in the music industry.
Billboard’s annual list of Top 40 money makers puts her at the top for the second time in fiver years.
Madonna made roughly $34.6million last year, but more than 90% of her revenue came from her MDNA world tour, which earned the Queen of Pop around $32million and was the biggest selling tour of 2012.
Bruce Springsteen came in close second with his stadium tour accounting for 90% of his $33.4million earnings last year.
Van Halen and Coldplay were also in the top ten. Justin Bieber is the tenth biggest money maker having earner nearly $16million. Again, the bulk of his earnings came from his Believe tour.
With artists including Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Fleetwood Mac all heading out on tour in 2013, it’s likely that we’ll see a whole different top ten when next year’s list is compiled.
The MDNA tour also contained some slightly awkward stripping
The MDNA tour was controversial at times and made headlines for the wrong reasons at points, but was still be biggest grossing tour of 2012. Incidents on the tour included brandishing a gun on stage at a show in Devner shortly after the Colorado shootings and being booed in France for playing a short set.
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