MUSIC NEWS - Touring database/website Pollstar has released their exclusive 2012 Top 50 Worldwide Tours Chart as a preview to its full year-end research coming in early January.
All revebye figures have been converted to USA dollars and represent the total face-value gross ticket sales for all dates played. The Pollstar database includes specific sales figures for nearly 90 percent of all shows worked by the top attractions and projections were made for any of the unreported dates.
Madonna grossed $296.1 million to easily claim the #1 spot on the chart. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band grabbed #2 with $210.2 million. Both acts played to more than 2 million fans in 2012. Pik Floyd's Roger Waters generated a hefty $186.4 million to come in at # 3. He is also the highest ranking hold-over from the 2011 chart where he placed #5 with a gross of $103.6 million.
Proving there is a global diversity of attractions, only 13 artists from 2011 made this year’s Top 50. It is also worth noting that the global brand strength of Cirque du Soleil has never been greater with eight different touring shows ranking on the chart.
The Top 50 Worldwide Tours did a combined gross of $3 billion, which was down about 2 percent from $3.07 billion in 2011. Total tickets sold were 34.9 million which continued the decline from 35.48 million the previous year and is well off the pace from 2009 when the Top 50 sold 45.3 million. The average global ticket price was $85.93 which was down 60 cents from last year but still well above the $73.83 charged in the more robust year of 2009.
Click here for Pollstar’s Top 50 Worldwide Tours chart.