Madonna overtakes Springsteen to become highest-grossing solo touring artist ever

The singer has now raked in $1.31 billion in ticket sales from her various world tours

Madonna has overtaken Bruce Springsteen to become the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time.

The singer’s ‘Rebel Heart Tour’, which concluded in Sydney, Australia on Sunday (March 20), raked in $169.8 million (£120.6 million) in ticket sales to take her overall career tally to $1.31 billion (£930 million).

Springsteen, who has achieved $1.25 billion (£890 million) in ticket sales across his career, had been the highest-grossing solo touring artist since 2012, when he took over from Madonna.

Only two acts have grossed more in ticket sales than Madonna: The Rolling Stones, whose career tally is $1.84 billion (£1.31 billion), and U2, whose career tally stands at $1.67 billion ($1.19 billion).

Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ comprised 82 dates worldwide, beginning in Montreal, Canada last September. Diplo, Amy Schumer and Idris Elba were among the support acts who opened for the Queen of Pop during the tour.

During her penultimate show she was joined on stage by Game Of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie, who was duly given a spanking by Madonna in front of the crowd.

Meanwhile, Madonna recently hit back at “sexist” accusations that she appeared on stage under the influence of drugs and alcohol while giving a special comedy performance called ‘Tears Of A Clown’ for members of her fan club earlier this month.