The Money In Music: Top 10 Touring Artists Of The Decade

1. Madonna – Total gross: $801,299,671


Madonna Louise Ciccone popularly known as Madonna takes the number one spot on this list with a total gross of $801 million. Madonna holds a Guinness book of world record as the best selling female recording artist of all times. She has sold over 300 million records worldwide. It took her 248 shows only in the past decade to gross over $800 million. 244 shows were sold out boosting the total attendance to 6,387,124 people. She has had 4 successful tours in the past decade namely; Re-Invention World Tour in 2004, Confessions Tour in 2006, Sticky and Sweet Tour in 2008/9 and The MDNA Tour in 2012. Her latest tour (MDNA) performed the best grossing $305.2 million. She clearly deserves to be Number 1 in this list.

2. Bruce Springsteen – Total gross: $688,136,476

Bruce Springsteen or The Boss if you like is another American singer-songwriter with a touring record that deserves one of the top spots in this list. His four tours of the last decade; Devils and Dust Tour (2005), Magic tour (2007), Working on a dream tour (2009) and The Wrecking Ball Tour (2012) grossed over $688 million. Springsteen sold out 248 shows out of the total 403 he had lined up for his fans. He also recorded an impressive total attendance of 8,605,238 people. He isn’t slowing down any time soon. He has already announced a 2014 tour.

3. Elton John – Total gross: $603,804,670

Sir Elton Hercules John is the other Knighted member in this list. Born in England in 1947, this English superstar singer has a record 30 albums under his belt. He has sold more than 300 million records worldwide making him one of the best selling artists of all times. He makes it to this list for grossing over $603 million from the 541 shows he has held over the past decade. He has an equally impressive total attendance figure of (5,789,833 people) and 470 sold out shows. He doesn’t show any signs of slowing down considering his 31st album (The Diving Board) is due to be released soon. He is expected to start touring soon in an effort to promote the album.

4. Celine Dion – Total gross: $536,593,262

Celine Dion is the only Canadian singer to make it to this list. Regardless, she needs no introduction. Dion was already a star at age 13. Three decades later and counting, she is still going strong with numerous tour dates and sold out shows. In the past decade, Dion has sold out 597 shows out of the total 792 she had lined up for her fans. She holds the record of sold out shows in this list. This has helped her gross over $536 million. Her four latest tours; A New Day (2003-2007), Taking Chances (2008-2009), Sans attendre (2013) and Celine (2011-2014) have attracted a total attendance of 4,099,963 people. Dion will definitely continue touring this year to conclude her Celine Tour.

5. Kenny Chesney – Total gross: $477,931,760

American country music star Kenneth Arnold Chesney popularly known as Kenny has 14 gold certified albums under his belt. He can easily qualify as the most consistent touring artist in this list considering he has toured consistently every year since 2001. This explains why he has managed to gross over $477 million in the past decade. He has performed in a record 622 shows selling out 409. He holds the total attendance record in this list (9,210,288 people).

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