The Truth about Madonna’s Heartbreaking “Meltdown”

It’s not often we see Madonna in tears. The Queen of Pop has a steel persona and is a beacon of unflappable girl power. Strong and resilient, every aspect of her public life carefully controlled for our viewing pleasure.

But over the past few months we’ve witnessed the most shocking transformation yet from a woman who has surprised us for decades. Now we are seeing a vulnerable, sensitive mom who is experiencing a pain so raw and deep that for the first time she’s exposing herself in front of the whole world as she struggles to comprehend her new reality.

Over Christmas it was revealed the 57-year-old is involved in a tug of war with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie (they were married for eight years, but divorced in 2008) over their 15-year-old son, Rocco Ritchie. While Rocco has spent most of his time since the split living stateside with his mom, he has now decided he wants to be based with his dad in London.

“There is a stability that being with his dad can give him. He wants to be near his friends,” a London source says. “Over the holidays he decided he didn’t want to be on the road touring with his mum. He seems to really like London. It’s a cool place to live and he feels at home there.”

But that decision has been heartbreaking for Madonna. It’s a hard thing for any mother to accept her child is choosing not to be with her. As one source explains to me, “She is doing how you would imagine she is doing. The best she can under the circumstances but it’s been incredibly upsetting for her.”

Another source echoes, “Her heart is broken over this whole situation, she loves her son so much.”

When Rocco refused to fly back to New York to spend Christmas with his mother, Madonna and Guy took their disagreement to court (both in New York and London). Shortly thereafter, Madonna went back on the road. She had a world tour to finish and was forced to confess to her arenas full of fans the pain she was going through.

“It’s true, there is no love stronger than a mother for her son,” she admitted while singing “La Vie en Rose” during a New Zealand show. And then on stage in Mexico City she tearfully revealed, “I, too, go through challenging times in my life, and right now is one of them.”

But Madonna’s critics are translating her emotional low into a downfall that straddles all spheres in her life—both personal and professional. Three decades of hard work seemingly forgotten as observers try to find a deeper reason why Rocco wouldn’t want to be with her anymore. Her vulnerability has been met with accusations of weakness. Headlines and rhetoric focusing on what a “mess” she is and how she’s drinking too much (because she’s been doing shots on stage—which a source clarifies is actually just water). Bashing Madonna has become a blood sport. At times it’s been misogynistic and ageist.

And then there are the stories about her being late to the stage, and not being able to sell out her concerts.

While there is no denying Madonna can be outrageous and scandalous. And, yeah, I get it, starting a concert late so some people miss their train home is rude (although bear in mind she has completed 82 concert dates since September so in my book we can excuse her for the odd bit of tardiness). But somehow people are forgetting that losing a son is probably the hardest thing she has ever had to endure. It doesn’t matter how much fame or money you have, that kind of loss is universal and debilitating on every level.

She has spent three decades at the top of her industry. She’s managed it by adapting, by knowing what she wants and not being afraid to go for it. She’s a trailblazer who has constantly pushed the boundaries and arguably given performers such as Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears the freedom they have today. Just because she’s showing us her soft side, and admitting she’s hurting like hell, does not make her a target.

One friend is keen to set the record straight: “I’m fed up with reading all the negative press about her. She barely drinks; so all those stories of her being drunk are not true. She only occasionally has alcohol. Her whole routine on stage is meticulously choreographed. She’s an artist, there are times when she is doing the most complicated moves, there’s no way she could do that if she was drunk.”

“You have to remember, Madonna is the ultimate performer, and some of the outrageous things she says on stage are part of her act. But people are taking things literally, they are trying to see the negative in everything.”
Another source says, “This is real life. This is the kind of situation that cuts hard. And yet despite it all she’s doing her work for her fans, she’s keeping it together. She’s allowed to hurt. She’s allowed to be emotional.”

Meanwhile, Rocco’s world in London is very different from life on the road with his mom. He’s now been enrolled in school and has a good group of friends; he’s even been hanging out with Victoria Beckham and David Beckham’s son, Brooklyn Beckham. “He seems really happy,” says a London-based source. “He enjoys being with his dad. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t love being with him mom too, but his life in London seems to suit him right now. He’s been cycling around and really likes being in the city.”

The next court hearing over where Rocco will be based is currently scheduled for June. And ultimately Madonna and Guy will have to accept whatever the court decides—no matter how tough it will be for either of them to swallow.

For Madonna, now that the tour is over, it’s time to pick up the pieces, privately. While one source claimed Madonna was planning on traveling to London to spend time with Rocco during his Easter break, unfortunately that does not seem to have worked out. Guy and Rocco are now in the Maldives on holiday. When her world tour ended last weekend, Madonna instead flew back to New York. It may be a while until mother and son are reunited.
“She’s heartbroken, but ultimately it will be OK,” says an insider. “She’s going through what any of us would feel faced with the same situation.” Her child has grown and wants to be able to make his own decisions. She was admittedly a rebellious teenager herself, and knows what it feels like to want your own independence.

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Madonna Extends Record as Highest-Grossing Solo Touring Artist: $1.31 Billion Earned

Her recently completed Rebel Heart Tour earned $170 million & sold more than 1 million tickets.

With the wrap of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour on March 20 in Sydney, the pop superstar solidifies her status as the highest-grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history. Based onBillboard’s Boxscore archives that stretch back to 1990, her overall concert grosses reached $1.31 billion with the tour’s final show.

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.

The Rebel Heart Tour’s top-grossing venue was the Saitama Super Arena in the Tokyo market with $9.6 million earned at sold out shows on Feb. 13 and 14. Top box office counts among the North American markets came at New York City’s Madison Square Garden with $5.2 million in sales on Sept. 16 and 17.

The diva first earned the top solo touring distinction in 2009 after the conclusion of her Sticky & Sweet tour. With the closing of that year-long run she became the highest-grossing solo artist and held that title until Bruce Springsteen surpassed her during his successful Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours from 2012 through 2014. With the Rebel Heart Tour, however, she takes back the title.

Overall, Madonna ranks third on all-time top-grossing Billboard Boxscore list, with justThe Rolling Stones ($1.84 billion) and U2 ($1.67 billion) ahead of her. Madonna is also one of only six artists — and the only woman — who have topped the $1 billion mark in overall concert grosses since 1990.

Top Grossing Billboard Boxscore Touring Acts*

  1. The Rolling Stones — $1.84 billion
  2. U2 — $1.67 billion
  3. Madonna — $1.31 billion
  4. Bruce Springsteen — $1.25 billion
  5. Elton John — $1.05 billion
  6. Bon Jovi — $1.03 billion

* through March 23, 2016

Madonna’s first tour reported to Billboard Boxscore was the Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990. She first joined the billion-dollar club in 2012 with the wrap of her MDNA Tour that brought her overall ticket sales total to $1.14 billion.

Also, Madonna has been the highest-grossing female touring artist for the past 12 years. She staked that claim in 2004 with the wrap of her Re-Invention World Tour and has remained the top solo female concert headliner ever since.

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Madonna shrugs off controversy in epic final Aussie



Allphones Arena, Sydney

March 20


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After a 23 year wait, Madonna returned to Australia for the final leg of her Rebel Heart world tour, bringing with her the controversy that has surrounded much of her three decade-plus career.

Epic late starts, reports of drunken behaviour onstage, emotional break downs due to a custody battle and being accused of sexually assaulting a minor dominated the headlines during the Material Girl’s almost two week stint Down Under.

After taking Melbourne and Brisbane by storm, the 57-year-old pop culture icon hit Sydney for the last two shows of her 82 date tour.

The Australian press went into overdrive when Madonna turned up on stage in Brisbane for her first Queensland show of the tour at 11.18pm, almost two hours past her expected start time.

For her final show on Sunday night, the second of two nights at Sydney’s Allphones Arena, Madonna once again took no notice of the backlash, finally appearing on stage at a very tardy 11.30pm – the latest of the entire world tour – before proceeding to begin an almost three hour set – the longest of the tour.

Expectation and anticipation went into overdrive for the Harbour City fans, who appeared to keep a calm albeit weary vigil as they awaited the pop diva to finally appear on stage.

A rousing reception after a video introduction featuring Mike Tyson heralded her long awaited arrival.

Madonna’s 12th studio album Rebel Heart dominated the early proceedings before Burning Up, her first ever Australian hit in 1983, upped the ante with Madonna rocking out while playing a Flying V guitar.

The show’s spectacular highlight came early on when Madonna performed Holy Water, her Kanye West produced ode to oral sex, mashed up with Vogue while pole dancing alongside scantily clad dancers dressed as nuns, one of which she sensationally body surfed on much to the crowd’s jaw-dropping glee.

Somewhat apathetically, Madonna apologised for her late start explaining that she was filming the Sydney show for a future DVD release and that she wanted everything to be perfect.

She then pulled out the almost forgotten 1980s hit True Blue, which was remixed into a sweet acoustic love song performed while she strummed on the ukulele.

The momentum continued as Madonna worked her way through a string of exceptional pop performances, proving why she is still at the top of her game in a live arena after so long and with so much detrition.

Deeper and Deeper, from 1992’s Erotica, was in its high energy original form, HeartBreakCity leading into Love Don’t Live Here Anymore showcased her vocal prowess and an electro dance version of Like a Virgin brought the house down as she danced without abandon, solo on the cross shaped catwalk like it was the 1984 MTV Music Video Awards all over again.

It might have been the last show of a gruelling world tour, but there was no signs of exhaustion as Madonna worked her way through the mammoth 160 minute show that peaked at the end of its third act with the 1989 monster hit Like a Prayer that saw the packed arena almost shake to its core.

The well-publicised potty mouth was evident throughout, with Detroit-raised entertainer teaching the crowd to use her favoured catchcry (“f… f… f… yeah”) whenever she addressed them.

But there was no emotional breakdown, no mention of her “missing” 15-year-old son Rocco, no drunken slurring and no falling off tricycles.

For the final show, she gave a heartfelt thank you to her loyal dancers, crew and band before allowing them to spank her (all 19 of them) while playfully making light of the scandal where she exposed a 17-year-old fan’s breast onstage last week in Brisbane.

“I am 18. I am old enough to know better and young enough to want to anyway,” she joked while being bent over as her crew waited their turn to spank her behind.

The “sexual assault scandal”, as it has been referred to in the press internationally, was again referenced when said teenager Josephine Georgiou and her mum Toni were in the crowd in VIP seats and were singled out by Madonna when she did her nightly bridal bouquet toss into the crowd.

A master media manipulator, Madonna used the moment to ask Josephine to marry her before deciding it wouldn’t work because they both can’t cook and the Gold Coast model is a vegan.

As the clock hit 2am, an exhausted and satisfied crowd put their hands collectively in the air as Madonna finished her show, and tour, with a faithful, upbeat performance of Holiday before she strapped on a harness and disappeared behind the video screens.

She said she would be back, but Australians have heard that many times over the years.

It might have been 23 years, but Madonna did not disappoint or make her presence in Australia unnoticed, and for a 57-year-old woman to still create such a buzz – for good or bad – against the social media pop starlets of the modern world that is no easy task.

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Madonna keeps an eye on the time as the cameras — and naughty nuns — roll

Madonna and crew always had time for a quick prayer at the Saturday night gig.

AFTER a long week of clock watching, wardrobe malfunctions and assorted drama, Madonna kept the action on the stage for her second last concert on the Rebel Heart world tour.

Her first show of a two-night stand at Sydney’s Allphones Arena kicked off only seven minutes after the heralded 10pm start.

And, hey, it’s Sydney on a Saturday night outside of the lockout zone, so let’s party.

Perhaps filming these two last gigs dictated the punctuality.

Icon … Madonna thrilled fans at her first Sydney show. Picture: Supplied

But the precision and creativity of this musical and visional feast for the senses is all Madonna.

Vibrant and imaginative costuming is more dazzling than a Paris Fashion Week catwalk.

The choreography is gobsmacking with bodies flying at heights and angles, which appear impossible, not to mention those wicked pole-dancing nuns who are, yes, very naughty.

As for that unapologetic potty mouth? It isn’t any more shocking than what you hear walking through a suburban shopping mall.

Madonna didn’t miss to the opportunity to have a swipe at those who have accused her of being drunk during recent shows, either.

Legend … Madonna put on a stunning show in Sydney. Picture: Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images

After pointing out she doesn’t imbibe when she’s “working”, she joked that accusations she was an alcoholic might drive her to drink.

“I don’t wanna be accused of having a meltdown. God forbid a mother should miss her son, it’s a goddamn sin,” she said.

And her singing, not generally acknowledged as her greatest strength, is actually pretty good.

I was lucky enough to only be a few metres away during the ballad section, which included the vocal challenges of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, and she sounded on song.

The fast-paced show didn’t skimp on the production values during those pesky costume changes, with big-budget short films and videos to keep the audience entertained, as well as mesmerising solo spots by her dancers.

The setlist had plenty to keep the faithful singing loudly, with the set-list includingTrue Blue, Like A Virgin and La Isla Bonita.

Ecstatic … Madonna had her Aussie fans in raptures. Picture: Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images

As a performer for more than three decades, Madonna is taking the pop concert into uncharted territory.

Like other longstanding members of the superstar club, fans want her to keep going.

The only ones who don’t, don’t actually go to Madonna concerts.

Maybe they should; the worst thing that could happen is they would have a blast as her 14,000 fans did in Sydney.

She performs her final show tonight at Allphones Arena with limited tickets still available.

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Madonna jokes about wanting to “f**k” Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie as she joins her on stage

Madonna took to the stage in Sydney on Saturday night and her star guest was none other than Games of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie.

Madge didn’t waste much time before mocking reports that she’d been boozing on stage and also poked fun at the most recent drama when she caused a stir by exposing a 17-year-old girl’s breast.

Footage shows the mum exclaiming “I love alcohol” as she offered the Game of Thrones star a drink.

“Ok, here we go. Down the hatch,” Madonna said as she knocked back it back while spanking the actress.

“I have another song to do. I can’t drink,” she added.

Madonna/InstagramGwendoline Christie on stage with Madonna during Madonna's Sydney concert
Madge and the actress on stage in Sydney
GettyMadonna performs her 'Rebel Heart' Tour at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia
          The star will perform two dates in Sydney

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Madonna, who bizarrely appears to be drinking from two bananas, then told the towering actress: “Gwendoline, honey, can I give you both of my bananas? I want you to take them both and when you’re lonely at night I want you to fight with them.

“I want you to do whatever you want with them, you’ve got so many orifices. You won’t run out of things to do.”

“Madonna, I love you,” Gwendoline, 37, replied.

“I wanna f**k you,” the singer said as the crowd at the Allphones Arena erupts in laughter.

GettyMadonna performs her 'Rebel Heart' Tour at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia
Madonna performs her ‘Rebel Heart’ Tour at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia

“Right back at you,” Gwendoline cheekily fired back.

“Let’s get drunk first.”

The singer then asked one of her dancers to help the star off stage.

Referencing the 17-year-old fan whose boob Madonna exposed on stage, she added: “Make sure she doesn’t get hurt with her two bananas. I really did hurt my finger. But I’m not going to press charges or anything. But thank you Gwendoline, it really is an honour to meet you.”

Following the show, Madonna thanked the actress for joining her on stage.

“Brian of Tarth, tonights Unapologetic B**** in Sydney! I might not recover!! You are the S**T!” she wrote on Twitter.

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Madonna Sydney concert review: ‘God forbid a mother should miss her son’

MADONNA was on time and on-point for her first Sydney concert in 23 long years — but she still found time in her expertly-choreographed 2.5 hour show to address the controversies that have plagued her Australian tour.

If you’d believe the bad press, Madonna’s been a drunken, unstable trainwreck on this tour. In truth, the only issue we can really hold against her is her less-than-stellar timekeeping — which reached its zenith at her first Brisbane show, kicking off hours after the advertised start time.

Madonna entertains the masses at AllPhones Arena.

Madonna entertains the masses at AllPhones

Her first of two AllPhones Arena Sydney shows began a mere 15 minutes past the promised 10pm start — no doubt Madge was hurried along by the fact that the evening was being filmed for the inevitable tour DVD.

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It was an eclectic setlist, mixing an ample selection of songs from her latest album, the mammoth hotchpotch Rebel Heart, with golden oldies largely taken from her earliest years.

Like A Virgin, Burning Up, Like A Prayer, Deeper and Deeper and Music were all present and accounted for. No such luck for Ray Of Light, Frozen Hung Up orExpress Yourself — and world-conquering hits like Into The Groove and Vogue were offered up only in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-form.

But thats’s what you get with Madonna. She’s never one to take the obvious crowd-pleasing route — and yet her spectacular show couldn’t be more of a crowd-pleaser.

The notoriously tardy diva was barely 15 minutes late for the first of two Sydney shows.

The notoriously tardy diva was barely 15 minutes late for the first of two Sydney

While the tightly choreographed concert went off without a hitch, all eyes were on Madonna during the more off-the-cuff moments, when she took the opportunity to reference the fuss she’s caused during her last week-and-a-half in Australia.

Bending one of her female dancers over her knee, Madonna joked: “How old are you? 15 or 16?”

“14,” came the reply.

“Good. I’m doin’ good with minors these days,” said Madonna, before she and the rest of her dancers delivered a few spanks.

The quip, of course, was in reference to just the latest controversy to befall Madonna’s tour, after she invited a female audience member up on stage an proceeded to pull down her top. Problematic enough, and made even moreso when it was revealed the girl in question was underage (she’s gone on record describing it as the incident as the “best moment of her life,” so make of that what you will).

“Here’s the thing: I don’t even drink. But because I’ve been accused of being an alcoholic so many times, I’m gonna start drinking. So f**k you!” she announced during another unscripted moment.

“I just get myself into trouble when I say things! I should just learn to be quiet like my dad taught me.”

Later in the show, she made reference to her ongoing custody battle over 15-year-old son Rocco, who is living in London with his father Guy Ritchie.

“I don’t wannna be accused of having a meltdown… God forbid a mother should miss her son,” she said.

“I’m glad you all have a sense of humour, because if I didn’t have one I wouldn’t survive.”

Outside of these pointed references to the controversies that have chased her in Australia, Madonna’s was an expertly polished, spectacular production: an at-times overwhelming display.

Pole-dancing nuns! A flapper speakeasy! The Last Supper reimagined as a pansexual orgy! It was all there — and, just when we thought we couldn’t get any more, the very tall and thoroughly up-for-it Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, who was the night’s Unapologetic Bitch, took to the stage to dirty dance with the Queen of Pop.

Madonna has one last show left of her Rebel Heart tour. Like tonight’s show, it’s being filmed for a future DVD release, so expect her to bring the goods (and start on time). She’s been vocal these past few days about wanting Kylie Minogue to join her on stage — whether or not that will happen remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure: She’s going to go out with a bang.

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Girl exposed at Madonna concert defends singer

THE teenage girl whose breast was flashed to the world when Madonna pulled down her top at her concert in Brisbane says it was the best moment of her life.

Gold Coast barista and aspiring model Josephine Georgiou, 17, has defended Madonna for exposing her breast when she was invited on to the stage during Thursday night’s concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

She mocked suggestions that she may sue the singer.

“Seriously, why would I sue Madonna for the best moment of my life?,” she told The Courier Mail.

“It was the best night.

“She was calling me a Victoria’s Secret model the whole time I was on stage, which is so flattering.”

A video of Madonna yanking at the teenager’s top to expose her breast has gone viral and made news around the globe.

Georgiou said she was wearing her mother’s corset and it was too big, which meant she was adjusting it on stage while Madonna was talking to the crowd.

She added she was not offended by the incident.

“Only I get to decide if I’m humiliated or not, why would people assume I am humiliated by my own breast, nipple or body?,” Georgiou said.

Josephine Georgiou was on stage with Madonna in Brisbane. Picture by: Splash News

Josephine Georgiou was on stage with Madonna in Brisbane. Picture by: Splash NewsSource:Supplied

“It’s hilarious to me how much of a big deal it is to everyone, people just need to understand I was on stage in front of Madonna, I was looking her in the eyes and most people would just melt into a pool on stage, so it was only because I was standing in front of her that I looked so surprised.”

She also denied claims the incident was staged and insisted she was randomly plucked from the crowd.

The latest stunt by Madonna has not gone down well.

UK commentator Piers Morgan has called on the veteran pop star to cancel her Rebel Heart tour because she’s having a “meltdown”. “Madonna is in total meltdown. She needs to cancel this tour asap,” he tweeted on Friday.

Madonna was two-and-a-half hours late on stage on Wednesday for her first Brisbane concert, and four hours late on stage for a Melbourne show last week.

The tour ends on Sunday at Sydney’s Allphones Arena.


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Be the #FinalUnapologeticBitch

During the past 7 months, Madonna saw a lot of amazing and funny Unapologetic Bitches joining her on stage. If you think you got what it takes to be the#FinalUnapologeticBitch, post a video of you dressed for the show and showing your best dance moves to your Instagram along with the #FinalUnapologeticBitch hashtag. You may be selected to join her on stage during her March 19 & March 20 shows in Sydney! Good luck!! (Photo: Joshua Brandao)


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Madonna to Film Final Two Shows of Rebel Heart Tour in Sydney

Documenting her return to Australia for the first time in 23 years and saving the best for last, Madonna today announced that she will film her Sydney Australia concerts at the Sydney Olympic Park NSW on March 19th and 20th. These are the final shows of her seven-month Rebel Heart world tour where Madonna has performed 80+ shows in over 20 countries.

Throughout the tour Madonna has pulled several actors, comedians, fans, fellow musicians and even a news anchor to the stage for a special dance as her “Unapologetic Bitch.” This weekend in Sydney Madonna will choose a few fans as her “Unapologetic Bitches,” all which will be documented by the taping this weekend.

Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies, will direct the live video which will be part of a larger project to be released at a later date.

The multi Grammy Award winning superstar has four shows left with upcoming stops in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia. A full list of tour dates can be found HERE.

Date City Venue
Mar. 16 Brisbane, AU Entertainment Centre
Mar. 17 Brisbane, AU Entertainment Centre
Mar. 19 Sydney, AU Allphones Arena
Mar. 20 Sydney, AU Allphones Arena
*Brisbane dates have changed.
Tickets for the previously scheduled March 26 show valid March 16.
Tickets for the previously scheduled March 27 show valid on March 17.
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Report: Madonna Makes History With ‘Rebel Heart’ Tour

Singer’s Career-Long Ticket Sales Cross $1B Mark Thanks To Her 9th World Tour

Queen of Pop Madonna proved a long time ago her reign was far from limited to pop charts.

Currently holding the record for the most successful tour ever by a solo act (see:  2008’s whopping $408 million-generating ‘Sticky and Sweet Tour’), the songstress is now making more noise in touring history books thanks to her current outing ‘The Rebel Heart Tour’ (christened after her 13th album of the same name).

And, while the ‘Living For Love’-led project is the worst-selling of her career, its supportive tour is singing a much different tune.

“Altogether during the first month of the year, the pop diva performed for just over 150,000 fans at 12 concerts, adding $19.3 million to her tour’s overall gross that has now topped the $100 million mark. Since the Sept. 9 opening performance in Montreal, the Rebel Heart tour has reached $107.3 million in ticket sales at 61 concerts.” BILLBOARD

With the latest receipts added to her overall tally, Madge is etched in history books as the only female artist in history to cross the $1 billion mark in reported ticket sales.  In fact, she is only one of six acts “who have topped the $1 billion mark in reported ticket sales since Billboard began tracking concert grosses in the early 1990s.”

Those artists, in order of ticket sales, are:

  1. Rolling Stones – $1.8 billion
  2. U2 – $1.6 billion
  3. Madonna – $1.24 billion
  4. Bruce Springsteen – $1.23 billion
  5. Elton John – $1.05 billion
  6. Bon Jovi – $1.03 billion

It should be noted that many of these acts are currently on tour and, as a result, should expect to see their revised grosses only cement their spots as the most sought after touring acts in history!

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