Rings up eight sellouts at Wembley Arena in August.
Madonna has notched Billboard Boxscore's highest gross of 2006, ringing up eight sellouts at Wembley Arena in August, despite talk in the British press earlier this year that fans were balking at her ticket prices.
Madonna’s Aug. 1, 3, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16 shows at Wembley grossed $22,090,582 (11,786,430 pounds) and drew 86,061 in attendance. Tickets were priced $299.88-$149.94 (U.S.), well lower than in the United States, where tickets top out at $350.
Madonna had stiff competition to reach the top single venue engagement year. Luis Miguel’s 30-show stand at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City grossed $19,286,000, and Billy Joel’s record 12-show run at Madison Square Garden in New York grossed $19,215,942.
Madonna’s Confessions tour will likely be the top-grossing tour ever for a female artist. The 34 shows on the North American leg drew 467,312 people and grossed $85.8 million. She will play Europe until Sept. 11 at Vorobievy Gory in Moscow, then she will head to Japan.
The tour is produced by Arthur Fogel, chairman of global music for Live Nation.