Anyone thinking Madonna’s attempts to drum up controversy on her Sticky and Sweet tour were tired and hackneyed are clearly out of step with public opinion. According to NME, the Sticky and Sweet tour is the biggest selling venture undertaken by a solo artist, and figures issued by Live Nation, who have promoted the tour across the globe, indicate that Madge is more popular than ever.
She made a cool $194 million from her Confessions tour in 2006, but despite the recession, divorce, and jibes at John McCain and the Pope, Madonna is set to top that for her Sticky and Sweet jaunt. Live Nation estimates the tour will gross $282 million by the time it draws to a close in Brazil later in December, with the U.S. leg alone earning $92 million. Which should just about cover Guy Ritchie’s divorce demands and provide a comfortable stipend for further trips to Mexico City with A-Rod. [NME]