Jeff Kravitz

Madonna’s MDNA tour was fraught with controversy throughout its run, but was that the reason concertgoers flocked to her show, making it the highest grossing tour in 2012?

Whatever the reason, and despite having very low MDNA album sales, Madge beat out top-selling touring artists making her number one, Billboard reports.

Here’s the MDNA tour breakdown, according to Billboard:

Number of Shows: 72
Number of Sell-Outs: 72
Total Attendance: 1,635,176
Total Gross: $228,406,085    

Pretty impressive. Rounding up the top 10 were...

2. Bruce Springsteen 
3. Roger Waters 
4. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil
5. Coldplay 
6. Lady Gaga 
7. Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw 
8. Van Halen 
9. Jay-Z & Kanye West 
10. Andre Rieu (who?!).