(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)
Madonna Earns Top North American Tour In 2012
Madonna ranked No. 1 on Pollstar's list of the top 200 North American tours in 2012 with gross revenue of $133.7 million. Placing second was Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour with gross revenue of $112.9 million. Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band were third with $104.7 million, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's Brothers of the Sun tour was fourth with $96.5 million, and Roger Waters was fifth with $90.2 million. Rounding out the top 10 tours were Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Van Halen, Barbra Streisand, and Elton John.
Layoffs At EMI
Following EMI Music's recent $1.9 billion acquisition by Universal Music Group, the label has let go several employees, including staffers across its international and Latin divisions, according to sources reported by Billboard.biz. Additional restructuring is expected in the coming months, according to the report.
Swift And Styles: Never Ever Getting Back Together?
Only a week and a half into the new year, Taylor Swift already has fodder for a new hit song. The current 55th GRAMMY nominee, who has penchant for revealing her trouble in love on record, has reportedly parted ways with her latest main squeeze, One Direction's Harry Styles. According to a New York Daily News report, the couple split after a different kind of sparks flew while they were vacationing in the British Virgin Islands, leading Swift to cut the trip short and jet back to the United States. Are they never ever getting back together? Like, ever? That remains to be seen, but we'll look forward to hearing about it on Swift's next hit breakup single.