The new 2016 Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records confirms that Madonna is the best selling female recording artist of all time and her Sticky & Sweet Tour is the highest grossing female tour, breaking the record previously held by her own Confessions Tour in 2006.
Madonna (USA, b. Madonna Ciccone) has sold more than 300 million albums in her career since debuting with her self-titled release in 1983.
Earning US $408 million ($448.5 in 2015 dollars) from 85 shows in 52 countries, with an attendance of 3.5 million, Sticky & Sweet Tour becomes the 5th highest grossing tour of all time, behind the U2, Rolling Stones, Roger Waters and AC/DC.
Other records for Madonna are...
# Most US no.1 music videos
# Madonna (USA, b. Madonna Ciccone) had her ninth No.1 on the US Music Video chart on 24 April 2010 with Sticky & Sweet Tour. No popular music artist has had more.
# Oldest artist to simultaneously top the UK singles and album charts
On 26 November 2005 Madonna became the oldest artist to simultaneously top the UK singles and album charts – with her single Hung Up from the album, Confessions On A Dance Floor, at the age of 47 years 101 days. This was the third time she had accomplished such a feat – itself a record for a female artist. Hung Up was released on November 7th and entered at No.1 on the chart dated November 19th. Confessions was released on Nov 14th and entered at No.1 on the chart dated Nov 26th (which was when she accomplished the simultaneous No.1).