(Getty Images)The year-end list of the highest-grossing tours has been released, and the average age of the top 10 is about 50 (seriously, we put it in a spreadsheet and everything). Madonna blew the competition out of the water. Also: Psy sounds ready to retire "Gangnam Style," Britney says she's working on a new album, and Lady Gaga is offering counseling to her fans because that's how much Mother Monster cares!
Madonna's Staying Power Is No Joke
Madonna's albums don't sell like they used to, but she's still one of the biggest draws in the world. No one even came close to outearning Madge's worldwide tour this year, which brought in $296.1 million in 88 shows according to Pollstar's year-end report, published Friday. Young fans might find the list of highest-earning tours surprising considering the dearth of more contemporary artists at the top. Lady Gaga and Coldplay are two of the only more recent acts in the top 10 while Justin Bieber didn't even crack the top 20. And while Bieber put on less than half as many shows as Madonna, she outearned him more than 3-to-1 per show.
A quick peak at the list reveals it was a good year to be an aging star. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band earned the second spot with $210 million, Roger Waters came in third with $186 million, and Paul McCartney came in 11th by earning $57 million on just 16 shows! We've listed the top 10 below. Check out the full top 50 on Pollstar.
1. Madonna: $296.1 million, 88 shows
2. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: $210.2 million, 81 shows
3. Roger Waters: $186.4 million, 72 shows
4. Coldplay: $171.3 million, 67 shows
5. Lady Gaga: $161.4 million, 80 shows
6. Cirque du Soleil, "Michael Jackson: The Immortal": $140.2 million, 172 shows
7. Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw: $96.5 million, 23 shows
8. Metallica: $86.1 million, 30 shows
9. Elton John: $69.9 million, 95 shows
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers: $57.8 million, 77 shows
Psy Is Ready to End the "Gangnam Style" Craze
At this point it's pretty unlikely Psy will ever be able to shake the pigeon-holing megasuccess of "Gangnam Style" in the U.S., but he's ready to give it a try. The South Korean singer is set to perform the hit song on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" tonight in Times Square, and he told MTV he's ready to try something else on his stateside fans.
"Being in Times Square on New Year's Eve is already special — it's the biggest stage in the universe — plus it's my birthday, so, with all that, it may be the ending of 'Gangnam Style,'" he said. "I mean, what better way to do it? It's my biggest and most meaningful birthday."
He went on: "The song became too popular, and so you start to have some concern about its life period. I'm really working hard on a new single right now, and I'm not saying ['Gangnam'] is ending on 'Dick Clark' — I still have a lot of invitations to perform it ... I'll be in Paris, and in February I got invited to perform in China, and I've still got to do promo. So let me say that in America I need a new single because 'Gangnam Style' got too popular, so I've got to write a new single."
Lady Gaga Is Getting Her Fans Some Counseling
Mother Monster's ongoing one woman quest to raise the self esteem of the bullied, troubled, and otherwise marginalized has led her to bring counselors on tour with her. Gaga announced on her Facebook page Friday that the BornBrave Bus will be joining her on tour. It will be part of a pre-show tailgating experience where her fans can participate in "professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends."
She explained: "BornBrave Bus Is a place where mental health + depression are taken seriously w/ no judgement, FREE real help available to all. I feel like most kids don't look for help because they feel embarrassed so mom + I wanted to break the stigmas around "help" and make it fun."
Britney Is "Working Hard" on Her Next Album
It's been nearly two years since the release of Femme Fatale, but with "Scream & Shout" sitting at number 12 on the Hot 100, Britney Spears says she's "working hard" on her next release. She told her Twitter followers Sunday night that she's "really focused" on her music, but didn't have a release date for them yet.
Until we get more music from Brit-Brit, these GIFs will have to tide you over.