In a day and age where music sales don't fly off the physical shelves like they used to a little over a decade ago, most singers are still doing just fine. Now that everything has gone the way of digital, it appears a singer's physical being is in more demand than ever, as evidenced by how much a world tour can contribute to one's ranking on Calendar's annual "Ultimate Top 10" list, as analyzed by the LA Times.
It's what kept Madonna, the reigning Queen of Pop this year, towering over the rest at an annual pay day of $144 million.
Her MDNA concerts alone grossed $296.1 million last year, making her the highest-paid artist of 2012. This is quite an achievement, considering the net worth accrued from her digital track sales were only $2.1 million, a mere fraction of her overall pie.
Rounding out the top three were country stars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, who toured together to the tune of $124.2 million in the number two slot, followed by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with $115.1 million at number 3. Again, that Madonna, often accused of no longer being in her prime, can still come out on top even when two huge singers team up together, really says something about her influence in the market lately.
Here's the rest of the list that's merely performing in the shadow of Madge: the "Michael Jackson — The Immortal World Tour" by Cirque du Soleil ($112.9 million); Roger Waters of Pink Floyd ($94.7 million); Justin Bieber ($71.6 million); and Coldplay ($68.3 million).