Since Madonna’s one-year Sticky & Sweet Tour played its two final concerts on September 1 and 2 at HaYarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Material Girl is now a part of touring history. Not only is hers the most successful tour ever by a solo artist, according to Live Nation, it is also the second highest grossing tour of all time, after the Rolling Stones’ 2005-2007 Bigger Bang Tour.
Live Nation was the global producer for the Sticky & Sweet Tour, as part of the company’s 10-year, $120 million contract with Madonna. The Stones’ tour grossed $508 million during its run.
Sticky & Sweet also broke Madonna’s previous record of most successful tour by a solo artist with her 2006 Confessions Tour, which grossed $194 million.
“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, in a statement.
Among the tour’s highlights was an attendance record for the biggest crowds in history in Zurich, SWI, at 72,000. In Gothenburg, SWE, her show broke the record for highest grossing multiple shows in the country’s history with 119,000 fans. Meanwhile in Helsinki, FIN, it was the biggest single show by an artist in history for all of Scandinavia with more than 85,000 tickets sold.
Additional international highlights included stops in Buenos Aires, ARG (256,000); Santiago, CHI (146,000); Sao Paulo, BRA (203,000); Tallinn, EST (72,000); Warsaw, POL (79,000); Bucharest, ROM (69,000); and Sofia, BUL (54,000).