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Top Music Money Makers 2012 includes U2, Bon Jovi, Rush, Bob Seger, Journey, Foo Fighters, The Beatles and more

by on Mar.11, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

U2, Bon Jovi, Bob Seger, Foo Fighters, Journey, Rush, the Beatles, Linkin Park, Steely Dan and Elton John are among those classic rockers who have been named on the Top 40 highest-grossing acts by Billboard magazine on its 2012 Top Music Money Makers list.

The list compiled U.S. income sources based upon how much each artist earned last year from income streams like record sales, touring, publishing royalties and digital services payments.

Taylor Swift topped the chart with total earnings of $35.7 milion, followed by the top rocker on the list, runner-up U2, with $32.1 million. The band’s 360° tour that wrapped in 2011 grossed an amazing $91.5 million Boxscore for the year, with more cash made from merchandise sales and fan club revenue, as well as record and singles sales.

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Bon Jovi came in at No. 7 with $15.8 million. The band’s last big tour, ‘The Circle tour,’ wrapped last summer and grossed up an incredible $265 million, making it the sixth-largest grossing tour of all time.

Others rockers on the list included Journey (#12 with $12.3 million), Elton John (#13 with $11.9 million), Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (#17 with $10 million), the Beatles (#24 with $6.74 million), Paul McCartney (#25 with $6.72 million), Rod Stewart (#29 with $6.3 million), the Foo Fighters (#31 with $6 million), Rush (#32 with $5.8 million), Steely Dan (#37 with $5.3 million), Motley Crue (#38 with $5.3 million), and Linkin Park (#40 with $5.1 million).

40. Linkin Park – $5,190,655
39. Kanye West – $5,363,661
38. Motley Crue – $5,376,272
37. Steely Dan – $5,389,509
36. New Kids on the Block – $5,519,805
35. Justin Bieber – $5,523,459
34. Sugarland – $5,632,406
33. Backstreet Boys – $5,712,050
32. Rush – $5,819,304
31. Foo Fighters – $6,013,257
30. Usher – $6,292,586
29. Rod Stewart – $6,388,756
28. Zac Brown Band – $6,481,564
27. Keith Urban – $6,579,695
26. Lady Antebellum – $6,676,450
25. Paul McCartney – $6,726,519
24. The Beatles – $6,743,863
23. Enrique Iglesias – $7,448,670
22. Rihanna – $7,660,833
21. Brad Paisley – $8,602,374
20. Michael Buble – $9,027,177
19. Tim McGraw – $9,335,258
18. Rascal Flatts – $9,639,270
17. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – $10,017,031
16. Britney Spears – $10,090,973
15. Toby Keith – $10,413,127
14. Katy Perry – $11,969,426
13. Elton John – $11,973,990
12. Journey – $12,313,822
11. “Glee” Cast – $12,587,771
10. Adele – $13,081,909
9. Jason Aldean – $13,409,011
8. Celine Dion – $14,261,515
7. Bon Jovi – $19,813,232
6. Sade – $16,382,809
5. Lil Wayne – $23,178,722
4. Lady Gaga – $25,353,039
3. Kenny Chesney – $29,837,103
2. U2 – $32,116,315
1. Taylor Swift – $35,719,90

 

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