I Wanna Be a Billionaire, So Freaking Bad

If I made $100,000 a year, I’d have to pinch myself to see if I was dreaming!  Could you imagine making one-half billion dollars in 2012?  That billion with a “B”.

Radio, Madonna’s bank account doesn’t need you, as she poised to earn as much as $500 million dollars this year!

While people are quick to point out that sales for “MDNA”, the latest album from the “Material Girl”, have been soft, it debuted at #1 in early April.

The CD has only sold around 456,000 copies here in the U.S. in the past six weeks.  Of that number, the first week sales were boosted by about 200,000 or 250,000 with albums given away with concert tickets.  So, that means the album has probably only sold about 200,000 copies domestically.  Considering that artists usually one get a dollar to three dollars per album sold, Madonna probably only made upwards to $600,000 from the sale of “MDNA”.

I know singers want radio to play their music.  Number one or top ten songs are cool.  However, radio hasn’t been too receptive to “MDNA” and yes, age and the lack of a rap interlude in the singles have something to do with it.

Only one song, “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, was really played on the radio.  The song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to downloads.  Otherwise, for radio airplay, the song only reached the 20s on the chart.

The followup single, “Girl Gone Wild”, was played on some Top 40 stations and peaked at #38 on the radio airplay chart, yet the song didn’t make the Hot 100.  However, both songs peaked at #1 on the Billboard dance chart giving Madonna a record-extending 41st and 42nd chart-toppers on that chart.

Enough about the lack of radio airplay, since that was pretty much a given before the CD release.  Let’s talk about how Madonna will become a millionaire this year alone 500 times over!

Live Nation, the company promoting the “MDNA Tour” and everything Madonna, breaks down her earnings in 2012 like this:

—>  $300 million from her MDNA World Tour ($240 million in ticket sales in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America; an additional $40 million for the South American leg; and an Australian leg of the tour is being announced shortly).

—> $75 million in tour merchandise sales is likely. (This has always been a huge moneymaker for Madonna.)

—> $60 million in sales for her new perfume, “Truth or Dare by Madonna”.

—> $10 million from a deal with Smirnoff, which is promoting the tour with TV spots and a specially released “Madonna” edition bottle of their vodka.

—> $10 million in TV and DVD worldwide rights for the broadcast of her upcoming tour.

—> And, $5 million from her “Material Girl” clothing line and upcoming Macy’s lingerie line.


Live Nation head of global touring Arthur Fogel exclaims, “we are inches from sellout everywhere!”

So far, the “MDNA Tour” has sold 653,000 tickets for the 43 North American dates.  Fogel says this put the tour on track to be one of the top-grossing outings on record!!!

There are only about 30,000 tickets remaining in the United States and most of those are either single tickets or seats that are set aside for disabled concertgoers.

The tour kicks off May 31, 2012, in Tel Aviv, Israel, and it’s been reported that four numbers will be recorded to promote the album and the tour and that one of those songs, either “Turn Up The Radio” or “Love Spent” will be released as Madonna’s next single and video.

More international shows will take place in Abu Dhabi, Turkey, Russia, and all across Europe this summer.

The North American tour begins August 28th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and ends in Miami, Florida, on November 20th, with stops in between in New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.  The “MDNA Tour” will also play in Latin America through late November and December.

Madonna, I’m glad I’m spending my birthday with you in Las Vegas on October 13th and I hope I’m selected for “The Golden Triangle”!



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Larry on May 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    is the $500 million after expense’s, if so that is awesome


  2. Larry,

    Either way, that’s a lot of money.

    I don’t think I’ll make $500-thousand in my life.



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