Rogers Waters is 2012's top-selling touring artist

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: Musician Roger Waters performs at Yankee Stadium on July 6, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) Jason Kempin

Musician Roger Waters performs at Yankee Stadium on July 6, 2012, in New York.
Jason Kempin/Getty Images
(CBS News) Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame is the top-selling live act of 2012 so far.

Reuters reports that the 68-year-old Waters has earned $158.1 million in ticket sales worldwide in the first half of 2012 with his "The Wall Live" tour, according to Pollstar magazine.

Read more: Roger Waters rebuilds Pink Floyd's "The Wall"
Watch: Roger Waters rebuilds Pink Floyd's "The Wall"

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's Wrecking Ball tour landed in second with $79.9 million. But the Boss will rake in even more money, as his outing stretches into September.

Waters also faces competition from Madonna. She has sold $42 million in tickets worldwide, but the magazine points out that the pop star "has yet to hit North America [and] also has an outside shot" as finishing as the year's top tour.

In the North American market, Cirque du Soleil's touring show "Michael Jackson: The Immortal" was the hottest ticket in North America, with $78.5 million in sales, reports Reuters. In the same market, Waters was second with $61.9 million.

Overall, ticket sales are so far up 1.2 percent this year thanks to major tours from Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Paul McCartney.

Comments

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Watch Now

New Android App

For your Android phone and tablet, download the FREE redesigned app, featuring CBSN, live 24/7 news.

Download
The all new
CBS News App for Android® for iPad® for iPhone®
Fully redesigned. Featuring CBSN, 24/7 live news. Get the App