Madonna Rules The World, Too

Madonna not only topped North American ticket sales in 2008 but duplicated the feat worldwide as well, grossing $281.6 million with 2.34 million tickets sold across the globe.

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Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico.

Celine Dion was second, as she was in the North American Pollstar tally, with totals of $236.6 million and 1.8 million ducats moved. Bon Jovi racked up $176 million from 1.83 million fans, fellow New Jersian Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band followed with $166 million grossed from 1.64 million turnstiles rung, and The Police rounded out the Top 5 with $120.6 million and 1.13 million tickets sold.

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Acer Arena, Sydney, Australia.

The rest of Pollstar’s Worldwide Top 10 is filled out by Neil Diamond with $94.8 million in grosses; Eagles, $86.6 million; André Rieu, $76.9 million; Kenny Chesney, $72.2 million and Coldplay, $71.9 million.

How did 2008 numbers stack up against 2007? Glad you asked.

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Rock In Rio, Madrid, Spain, July 5.

Madge edged Sting and the boys, 2007’s top worldwide tour, in total tickets sold. The Police topped last year’s list with 2.23 million.