Madonna leads Billboard's top-grossing tours

LOS ANGELES, Dec 18 (Reuters) - While this year's pop charts

have been dominated by young singers, it is veteran music stars,

led by Madonna, who are commanding big money in tour ticket

sales, according to a new Billboard list released on Tuesday.

Madonna, 54, topped Billboard's list of highest-grossing

live tours, earning an estimated $228.4 million in ticket sales

from her sold-out ninth worldwide tour in support of her 12th

studio album "MDNA." The singer will wrap her tour in South

America this weekend, after performing more than 80 shows across

the world starting in Israel in May.

Madonna came ahead of pop star Lady Gaga, who landed at No.

6, with ticket sales of $124.9 million from her worldwide "Born

This Way Ball" tour. Gaga, 26, is currently midway through her

tour, which kicked off in South Korea in April, and will wrap in

Oklahoma in March 2013.

Music publication Billboard compiled its list through

estimated gross ticket sales figures from Billboard box scores,

which tracks concert tours, ticket prices and sales.

The top five highest-grossing tour acts of 2012 included

Bruce Springsteen, 63, and the E Street band at No. 2 with $199

million from 72 shows and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, 69, at No.

3 with $186 million.

Cirque Du Soleil's homage to late singer Michael Jackson in

"The Immortal World Tour" ranked No. 4 with $147.3 million over

183 shows, and British rock band Coldplay was fifth with $147.2

million over 67 shows.

The only other young stars in the list of 25 top-grossing

tours was Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, 18, at No. 20 with

$30 million from 29 shows as part of his ongoing "Believe" tour,

and country-pop darling Taylor Swift, 23, who raked in $26

million from 21 shows from her "Speak Now World Tour."

Last year, Swift ranked No. 5 on Billboard's list with an

estimated $97 million in ticket sales from her "Speak Now World

Tour," while Bieber came in at No. 15 with $44 million.

Swift will embark on her third worldwide concert tour in

support of her studio album "Red" in March 2013.

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Patricia Reaney and

Eric Walsh)