LOS ANGELES, Dec 18 (Reuters) - While this year's pop charts
have been dominated by young singers, it is veteran music stars,
led by Madonna, who are commanding big money in tour ticket
sales, according to a new Billboard list released on Tuesday.
Madonna, 54, topped Billboard's list of highest-grossing
live tours, earning an estimated $228.4 million in ticket sales
from her sold-out ninth worldwide tour in support of her 12th
studio album "MDNA." The singer will wrap her tour in South
America this weekend, after performing more than 80 shows across
the world starting in Israel in May.
Madonna came ahead of pop star Lady Gaga, who landed at No.
6, with ticket sales of $124.9 million from her worldwide "Born
This Way Ball" tour. Gaga, 26, is currently midway through her
tour, which kicked off in South Korea in April, and will wrap in
Oklahoma in March 2013.
Music publication Billboard compiled its list through
estimated gross ticket sales figures from Billboard box scores,
which tracks concert tours, ticket prices and sales.
The top five highest-grossing tour acts of 2012 included
Bruce Springsteen, 63, and the E Street band at No. 2 with $199
million from 72 shows and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, 69, at No.
3 with $186 million.
Cirque Du Soleil's homage to late singer Michael Jackson in
"The Immortal World Tour" ranked No. 4 with $147.3 million over
183 shows, and British rock band Coldplay was fifth with $147.2
million over 67 shows.
The only other young stars in the list of 25 top-grossing
tours was Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, 18, at No. 20 with
$30 million from 29 shows as part of his ongoing "Believe" tour,
and country-pop darling Taylor Swift, 23, who raked in $26
million from 21 shows from her "Speak Now World Tour."
Last year, Swift ranked No. 5 on Billboard's list with an
estimated $97 million in ticket sales from her "Speak Now World
Tour," while Bieber came in at No. 15 with $44 million.
Swift will embark on her third worldwide concert tour in
support of her studio album "Red" in March 2013.
(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Patricia Reaney and