Jackson, Lady Gaga, Drake lead Year’s Top Tours List

With over six months of 2012 on the books, a list of this year’s top grossing touring artists has been released. Among those in the top 10 are Lady Gaga, Drake, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Coldplay and Roger Waters.
While Waters leads the world chart with $158.1 million, followed by Springsteen ($79.9 million), the Michael Jackson: Immortal show with Cirque Du Soleil tops the North American chart with $78.5 million in earnings. With that figure, the tour comes in at no.3 on the world chart as well.
Kicked off last year, the ‘Immortal’ show features some of Jackson’s most recognized music. Since its launch, R&B singers including Marcus Canty, Brandy and Rihanna have been in attendance.
Coldplay and Lady Gaga follow Jackson’s “Immortal” with 73.9 million and 67.2 million grossed respectively since January 1.
“Take Care” talent Drake also brought in 42.6 million while “MDNA” diva Madonna raked in 42.1 million.
While Madonna ranked high on the world chart, Drake actually made most of his earnings in North America. With an average ticket price of $58.66, Drake raked in $30.2 of $42.6 million in North America.
In case you’re wondering where R&B singers ranked overall, JLS pulled in $13.6 million; Prince earned $18.1 million; and New Edition has earned $8.6 million so far.