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Madonna 'to set solo tour record'

Madonna will break her own record for her Confessions tour

Madonna's current Sticky and Sweet tour is set to become the biggest selling tour by a solo artist.

The 50-year-old will have raked in an estimated $282m (185.7m) when the tour finishes in Sao Paulo, Brazil, later this month.

Tour producer Live Nation said the star's 28-date US leg sold 550,000 tickets and grossed $91.5m (60.2m).

Madonna had held the previous record with her Confessions tour in 2006, having taken $193.7m (127.5m).

Including her European run, the singer has already made an estimated $207.5m (136.6m) in ticket sales.

Madonna finished the North American leg of her Sticky and Sweet tour last week in front of 50,000 people at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, before heading south to Mexico City.

The tour, supporting her album Hard Candy, will conclude with three nights from 18-21 December in Sao Paulo.

The singer divorced director Guy Ritchie last month after eight years of marriage.

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