The No. 2 slot on the latest Hot Tours roundup (see list, below) based on January ticket sales reported from her ongoing Rebel Heart Tour that covered North American and European markets during a 15-week span in the fall. The trek resumed on Jan. 6 following a two-and-a-half week break at the end of the year, opening with a two-show engagement at Mexico City’s Sports Palace arena. Sold out shows in seven U.S. cities followed in January along with a two-night stint in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the end of the month.
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.
A total of 819,792 fans have seen the tour in 14 countries through the end of January.
Above the Queen of Pop at No. 1 on the new Hot Tours list is the Rolling Stones, with $36.9 million in grosses reported from the América Latina Olé tour, the band’s first tour to visit Latin America in a decade. At the opening performance in Santiago at the national stadium of Chile on Feb. 3, the iconic rock group kicked off its ten-city trek with a sellout crowd of 62,412.
The tour’s only three-show run followed on Feb. 7, 10 and 13 in Buenos Aires at the Estadio Único Ciudad de la Plata. With 155,184 tickets sold, the multiple-show stint racked up $17.6 million at the box office, making it 2016’s highest-grossing concert engagement so far. Single performances followed in Montevideo, Uruguay (Feb. 16) and Rio de Janeiro (Feb. 20), and, like the tour opener in Santiago, both topped the 60,000 mark in attendance.
The América Latina Olé tour’s final show was originally set to be in Mexico City on March 17, but the Stones recently announced an additional date, a free concert to be held on March 25 in Havana, Cuba. The outdoor performance will be the band’s first major concert ever held in the Caribbean.
Bruce Springsteen follows with the No. 3 ranking based on $16.3 million in sales at eight North American arenas on his River tour that kicked off in mid-January. Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, the first venue included in this week’s tally, hosted 18,134 fans on Feb. 2. The U.S. cities that followed were Boston, Albany, N.Y., Hartford, Conn., Philadelphia, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Louisville, Ky. Attendance at the arenas in all eight markets totaled 135,519.
These three legendary acts are part of a small group of six artists who have topped the $1 billion mark in reported ticket sales since Billboard began tracking concert grosses in the early 1990s. Only six acts have crossed that threshold, based on sales data reported to Boxscore. The Rolling Stones top the list with $1.8 billion in reported revenue since Jan. 1, 1990. Madonna, the only female artist in the mix, lands at No. 3 with $1.24 billion and The Boss is next at $1.23.
Rounding out the billion-dollar group are U2, second with $1.6 billion, Elton John at No. 5 with $1.05 billion and Bon Jovi following with $1.03 billion.