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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Madonna’s Tour Ends Leaving Record Books Smashed!

Filed under: Popular Music — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 23:15

Sticky & Sweet Tour   Last night marked the final performance of Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour, which concluded in Tel Aviv, Israel. Not only was this tour the highest-grossing tour for any solo artist in history, but the Material Girl also destroyed the record books in foreign markets as well. After playing 85 shows since its launch in August 2008, Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour has drawn more than 3.5 million fans in 32 countries and has grossed $408 million, it was announced today by Live Nation, the tour’s global producer. Sticky & Sweet is also the second highest grossing tour of all time. Madonna set an attendance record for the biggest crowds in history in Zurich, Switzerland, where she drew the largest audience ever assembled for a show in that country (72,000). Her Gothenburg, Sweden show, seen by 119,000 fans, broke the record for highest grossing multiple shows in the country’s history. In Helsinki, Finland, “Sticky & Sweet” sold more than 85,000 tickets, making it the biggest single show by an artist in history for all of Scandinavia. Other highlights on the tour included stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina (256,000), Santiago, Chile (146,000), Sao Paulo, Brazil (203,000), Tallinn, Estonia (72,000), Warsaw, Poland (79,000), Bucharest, Romania (69,000), and Sofia, Bulgaria (54,000). “With Sticky & Sweet Madonna has proven yet again that there is virtually no limit to what she can accomplish both creatively and commercially,” said Arthur Fogel, Live Nation’s Chairman of Global Music and CEO of Global Touring. Sticky & Sweet broke Madonna’s previous record of most successful tour by a solo artist with her 2006 Confessions Tour, which grossed $194 million.

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