Who earned most in the US music industry last year? Here’s a rundown of the top ten, from Billboard (read the rest of their list here)
The release of “Guitar Hero – Metallica” backed up solid tour and back catalogue income for these vintage rock legends (their biggest selling track in 2009 was released in 1991!).
9 Kenny Chesney
Country’s biggest star sold a lot of physical product and live tickets as well as 500,000 ringtones to achieve this total. Absolutely zero exposure this side of the pond though…
$24 million in touring revenue, but only $1 million in album sales… still, not bad for a band so bland they have to rip off Joe Satriani.
7 Jonas Brothers
Riding the Mouse train all the way to the bank.
Pink is another artist who did well touring last year, with revenues of $35 million from live shows bolstered by lots of TV airtime and healthy album sales.
5 Britney Spears
More touring, more album sales, more breakdowns, more wierd haircuts. I think it’s probably worth it for almost forty million dollars a year. She can retire before she’s 30 and just think about taking care of the kids…
Over a million album sales last year, coupled with guess what? The 4th biggest grossing tour last year put these Aussie lads very firmly back in the black.
Leather skinned Yogi Madonna pulled the biggest tour of her career under her Live Nation deal.
2 Bruce Springsteen
Making more money than ever before in his career, with highlights including a headline slot at Glastonbury and a performance at the Superbowl, Mr. S. shows us what the long tail really means.
A clever new 360 degree stadium stage setup means that the biggest earning band of last year could pack even more bodies into their stadium tour.