Matthew White is GWR’s long-time music consultant having previously worked on the long-running GWR British Hit Singles series (1977–2006). He also advises on some of our sport categories – namely tennis and cricket. Between 2009 and 2019, he has pored over an estimated 40,000 published records as proofreader during the course of 12 editions of the world’s best‑selling annual.Visit Matthew White
Highest-grossing music tour by a female artist ever
Madonna’s (USA) Sticky & Sweet Tour grossed $407.7 million (then £250.9 million) in 2008–09. The 85-date trek, in support of the Material Girl's Hard Candy album, kicked off at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, UK, on 23 August 2008 and wound up at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, Israel, on 2 September 2009. In total, the tour attracted 3.54 million fans, with each show grossing $4.79 million (£2.95 million). It visited 32 countries: Wales, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, England, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Montenegro, Greece, USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Belgium, Norway, Russia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Israel.