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.
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(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.

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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.

  • CBS News Staff

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