It’s time for all those Madge fans to buy their latest Madonna music t-shirts again, after the queen of pop’s team announced this week that tickets for her 2012 world tour are to go on sale this Friday.

Madonna is fresh from her triumph at Sunday’s Super Bowl half time show on Sunday night, she is raring to begin the 24-date world tour, followed by another 25 dates in the USA and Canada. Countries that the star will visit on the world tour – beginning on 29 May in Tel Aviv – will include Australia and several South American nations, a region which Madonna has not played a gig in for 20 years or so.

The tour will be the first of its kind since 2008. Here we round up the eight world tours that Madonna has undertaken to date:

  1. The Virgin Tour (April-June 1985). Strictly a North American tour, rather than a world tour proper, this makes the grade due to it being Madonna’s debut concert tour and attracting an international audience. The series of gigs promoted her first two albums, Madonna and Like a Virgin and made over $5 million, despite music critics hating it, with one predicting that Madonna would “be out of business in six months.” This has not come to pass!
  2. Who’s That Girl World Tour (June-September 1987). Encompassing Asia, North America and Europe, this was the first proper world tour by Madonna, after her initial singles and albums – plus her provocative behaviour – had swept her to international stardom. With 37 dates in total, some 2.5 million lucky fans were able to see their idol, and sing along to a show dominated by tracks from contemporary album True Blue and the soundtrack album Who’s That Girl.
  3. Blond Ambition World Tour (April-August 1990). Possibly the most controversial and well-known of all Madonna’s world tours, this show had it all – rampant sexuality, religious references and that ultra-pointy conical bra! Audiences across Asia, North America and Europe thrilled to the set pieces, which were inspired by the movie Cabaret, and the press went ballistic over the apparent seduction of Christ in her performance of Like A Prayer. The following year, film documentary In Bed with Madonna came out, detailing the tour from behind the scenes.
  4. The Girlie Show World Tour (September-December 1993). The style of Madonna’s fourth world tour was inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting “Girlie Show” and promoted her fifth album Erotica. With dates across both North and South America, Europe, Australia and Japan, it grossed grossed over US $70 million and has been regarded by many critics and fans as Madonna’s best tour.
  5. Drowned World Tour (June-September 2001). This tour only visited Europe and North America, but still made $75 million gross, as fans flocked to see Madonna promoting her seventh and eight albums, Ray of Light and Music. Critics loved the show, which they said showcased her amazing gift for reinvention, which brings us to…
  6. Re-Invention World Tour (May-September 2004). Again, this tour only visited North America and Europe, promoting her American Life album. It was the highest grossing tour of 2004, raking in $125 million.
  7. Confessions Tour (May-September 2006). Named after Madonna’s seventh album, her seventh world tour was both a commercial and critical success, with sell-out gigs across North America, Europe and Asia and setting a record as the highest earning tour ever for a female artist, making more than $194.7 million in gross profits.
  8. Sticky & Sweet Tour (August-December 2008 and July-September 2009). Madonna’s most recent world tour, which promoted the Hard Candy album, was made in two parts after its 2009 extension to a number of new European venues.



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