Music Photos of the Year 2012
May 31: Madonna performs on stage during her "MDNA" world tour kickoff in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Though her album "MDNA" has been a relative disappointment since opening at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 359,000 sold in its first sales frame (75% of its total to date), Madonna continues to be one of the world's top touring draws.

The Material Girl tops Billboard's latest Hot Tours ranking with the first box office totals reported from her massive MDNA Tour that launched at the end of May. Ticket sales revenue from the first 11 venues on the tour schedule totaled $49.5 million from 417,448 sold tickets. The tour began in Israel on May 31 with a crowd of 33,457 in attendance for the first performance. The inaugural concert was held at Israel's largest football venue, Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv with revenue topping $4.3 million (US$). Following the tour opener in Israel, Madonna made her first concert appearance in the United Arab Emirates with a two-show stint at du Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on June 3 and 4. The Box office gross was $8 million (US$), tops among the 11 concert engagements included in this week's tally.

The MDNA Tour's European leg kicked off in Turkey on June 7 with a crowd of 47,789 in attendance at Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul. Concerts followed in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi hosted the legendary pop star for two performances on June 20 and 21, and another two-show run was held at the O2 World arena in Berlin on June 28 and 30. When the European trek ends on August 21 in Nice, France, the tour will then cross the pond for its first U.S. performance. The North American leg will kick off in Philadelphia on August 28 and continue through late-November. A South American leg begins in Colombia on November 28 and will wrap on December 22 in Argentina.

Wouldn't you know... Lady Gaga ranks second among this week's top-grossing tours with $23.6 million in ticket sales revenue reported from Australia and New Zealand on the Born This Wall Ball's Oceania leg during June. The first venue was Vector Arena in Auckland with a three-show run grossing $3.6 million (US$). The New Zealand concerts on June 7, 8 and 10 drew a crowd of 34,367 for all three nights. The first of three Australian venues in this week's Hot Tours recap was Brisbane Entertainment Centre with a three-show run on June 13, 14 and 16. Four performances were held at Sydney's Allphones Arena on June 20, 21, 23 and 24, and a five-show run in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena produced the top gross among all of the concerts reported during the past week: $8.1 million (US$) from 60,031 tickets sold for shows on June 27, 28, 30, July 1 and 3.

Rank

Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 MADONNA
$49,545,712
May 31-July 4
Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv (1/1)
du Arena, Abu Dhabi (2/2)
Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul (1/1)
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (1/1)
Stadio San Siro, Milan (1/1)
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (1/1)
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona (2/2)
Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal (1/1)
O2 World, Berlin (2/2)
Parken Stadion, Copenhagen (1/1)
Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg, Sweden (1/1)
417,448 (417,448)
2 LADY GAGA
$23,691,507
June 7-July 3
Vector Arena, Auckland (3/3)
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane (3/3)
Allphones Arena, Sydney (4/4)
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (5/5)
180,498 (180,498)
3 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S MICHAEL JACKSON TOUR

$5,830,077
June 23-July 1
AT&T Center, San Antonio (1/0)
American Airlines Center, Dallas (2/0)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (3/0)
52,074 (69,942)
4 RASCAL FLATTS
$2,331,441
June 23-30
Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (1/1)
Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach (1/0)
Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1/0)
Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. (1/0)
66,212 (76,886)
5 JENNIFER LOPEZ
$1,707,772
June 30-July 1
Centro de Convenções, Fortaleza, Brazil (1/0)
Centro de Convenções, Recife, Brazil (1/0)
20,352 (25,000)
6 IRON MAIDEN

$1,531,105
June 26-27
Comcast Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/1)
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y. (1/0)
24,871 (25,212)
7 BRAD PAISLEY

$1,253,895
June 29-30
Saratoga Perf. Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (1/0)
Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J. (1/0)
33,158 (42,000)
8 STAR ACADÉMIE
$834,541
June 27-30
KC Irving Regional Centre, Bathurst, New Brunswick (6/0)
17,319 (17,340)
9 JAMES TAYLOR
$688,028
June 27-28
Place des Arts, Montreal (2/0)
5,508 (5,980)
10 FOSTER THE PEOPLE
$573,470
June 5-29
The Backyard at Bee Cave, Austin, Texas (1/1)
Hearst Greek Theatre, Berkeley, Calif. (1/1)
15,775 (15,775)

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