One would be hard pressed to write a better, more dramatic narrative than that of Madonna’s “Celebration Tour,” which topped Pollstar’s 2024 Mid-Year Worldwide chart, The trek was initially postponed just weeks out from its original July start date after the iconic global superstar suffered a near death experience having contracted a bacterial infection that exactly one year ago (June 24) landed her in the ICU.

The tour was pushed back to October with mindless detractors erroneously claiming it was because of poor ticket sales.

What a difference a year makes.

Not only was the “Celebration Tour” not a disaster, but the universally acclaimed trek topped Pollstar’s Top 100 Mid-Year Worldwide Chart with a massive, $178.8 million gross and 856,247 tickets sold over the course of 65 shows with an average gross of $2.8 million, according to Pollstar Boxoffice reports. But that’s just a segment of the tour, which ran from Oct. 14, 2023, to May 4, 2024, and included 80 shows with a total gross of $227 million selling 1.13 million tickets. None of that includes her grandest of grand finales at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro where she performed for free before a record-setting 1.6 million fans.

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