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Mother of 'Re-Invention'

Madonna had top-grossing 2004 tour. Her Re-Invention trek grossed $125 million, $35 million more than No. 2 draw Prince

Madonna | MATERIAL GIRL Madonna reinvents her bank account
Image credit: Madonna: Robert E. Klein/AP
MATERIAL GIRL Madonna reinvents her bank account

Somehow, in the midst of raising her kids, writing children's books, and visiting holy shrines in Israel, Madonna found time this year to go on a concert tour. As it turns out, she was 2004's top-earning concert draw, according to Billboard Boxscore. According to the trade publication, her Re-Invention Tour sold out 55 of 56 shows and grossed $125 million by the time it wrapped in September. ''My Re-Invention tour was by far the most creatively satisfying experience I have ever had,'' the Material Mom told Billboard. ''I was able to put everything I love into one entertaining event: film, music and dance.''

Madonna far outsold the No. 2 draw, Prince's Musicology Tour ($90 million), though Prince actually sold the most tickets this year (1.5 million). In third place was Shania Twain ($62.5 million), followed by the briefly reunited Simon & Garfunkel ($59 million) and Metallica ($53.8 million). Rounding out the top 10 were Bette Midler ($53.3 million), Sting ($52.4 million), Kenny Chesney ($49.3 million), David Bowie ($46 million), and Toby Keith ($44.3 million). Meanwhile, Celine Dion grossed $77 million in ticket sales this year, which would have been good enough for third place on the touring list had she actually toured; of course, she earned all that money in one place, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Originally posted Dec 14, 2004