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U2 Is World's Biggest Selling Band

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Considering they pulled in over $130 million in the last year, it's not surprising that U2 is the biggest selling band in the world.

According to Forbes, AC/DC was in second place with $114 million, followed by Beyonce Knowles ($87 million), Bruce Springsteen ($70 million) and Britney Spears ($64 million).

Rounding out the Top 10 is Jay-Z with $63 million, Lady GaGa ($62 million), Madonna ($58 million), Kenny Chesney ($50 million) and the Black Eyed Peas and Coldplay with $48 million each.

Congrats, guys!

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41 comments to “U2 Is World's Biggest Selling Band”



  1. 1

    I HATE this band! I always have. A) I think their music is awful. B) Bono is a douche. He's free to support any movement he likes, but I would appreciate him shutting up about it. Because anything he supports, I automatically reject. So if he's against drowning babies, I'm for it. I hate to be contrary, but I hate him that much.



  2. 2

    The Black Eyed Peas?? Really? Coldplay? Jay-Z?



  3. 3

    I can list the U2 songs I like on one if not two hands. But congrats still !!!



  4. 4

    OH! AND CONGRATS 2 HONEY B! :D WAIT, GAGA MAKES MORE MONEY THAN MADONNA? AAAAAAAAAAH!!!!



  5. 5

    yeah, yahoo told me this morning……



  6. 6

    and you Mario are the World's Biggest LOSER!!



  7. 7

    PEREZ I LOVE U! GAGA'S NAME IN BLACK SO EVERYBODY CAN NOTICE IT AND REALIZE THE FACT THAT SHE IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE AND IS ON HER WAY 2 BECOME A LEGEND! TIME 2 RESPECT HER HATERS!



  8. 8

    U2 and AC/DC have been top dog entertainers now for decades, while the artists they compete with tend to change yearly. And unlike some of the other artists in the top ten, both bands stay relevant based on only their music. The same can't be said for Madonna and Gaga. ;)



  9. 9

    funness… maybe they could use half to donate Louboutins to starving children in south america



  10. 10

    Sliimy hauled in $13.58 in Euros busking for change on the Avenue des Champs Elysees and Travis Garland is still rolling up his pennies but is sure that he will give Sliimy a run for his money when he has the final tally.



  11. 11

    Why am i not surprised britney made it? And isnt it weird that of everyone on this list britney is the only one who within the past 6 months did nothing? I mean her tour was done since novemeber and she made 35mill of that, and now she makes another 64mill??? O_O This bitch is making way too much money, between june of last year andnow she made awapping 35+64=98mill? SMH some people get money thrown at them, cuz i know that candies line isntpaying that mcuh. Bitch has an impire. SMH why cant i have money like that.

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    12

    Yeah, it's just too bad they suck ass.



  13. 13

    Ugggggggghhhhhhhh they are so lame and commercial!! Red Hot Chili Peppers are the best band ever :) No comments please



  14. 14

    Omg gaga, britney, beyonce, and queen madonna



  15. 15

    I feel so poor right now .__.



  16. 16

    Commercial commercial commercial commercial…. and more commercial trash.



  17. 17

    Ya they can say whatever the majority of ppl are idiots anyone with brains hates this band. Its their own fault.



  18. 18

    AC/DC, the second highest earners?



  19. 19

    hahah wow don't you feel silly.

    I thought your wifey GAGA and your idol madonna were the world's biggest things?!

    oh i bet you cried when you saw that one.

  20. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: Deviancy – Too bad U2 don't have one tenth the musical chops that Angus and the boys have. Three note songs with huge volume and bottom end are good for a couple of minutes. I want and need to see skillz.



  21. 21

    Why don't they ever metion kylie she made about 73 million last year. why dosn't forbes ever show her some respect. if the chart is rigth shes doing better than gaga, madonna, and no-talent bitchney spears WTF.



  22. 22

    Not bad. A $130 million gross, but they spend a fortune on stages & personel, fancy travel. They'll net $5 million each. The British Gov't takes about 90% of it.



  23. 23

    why don't they give it all away so bono can save the world?



  24. 24

    Re: kylielover02 – haha dont hate kyle has not had a hit in the usa since cant get you outta my head.kyle is talented but britney is 10times better then kyle in every way.



  25. 25

    AC/DC is the only band worth mentioning!!! U2 havent had a hit in twenty years. The rest all suck too!



  26. 26

    pretty good for these talentless old farts…Re: dreamboat – i so agree with your comment.



  27. 27

    Bruce Springsteen? I didn't even know that he was still around. Has he produced any new material since the 80's? Wow that is interesting.



  28. 28

    Re: dreamboat – u said it. i never understood their appeal. isnt it sad that so many people in the world have such bad taste?



  29. 29

    Re: the Period
    Well, they were good back in the early to mid 80s. Right around ACHTUNG BABY is when they started to go downhill.



  30. 30

    Re: Lafemme22
    It's all from touring. That's where the money is nowadays. You can sit around and wait for people to buy your albums anymore.



  31. 31

    Re: Ultraworld – firstly there not fucking british , second they have there money managed in off shore accounts.



  32. 32

    Re: the Period – yeah its amazing how everybody else is wrong ……love idiots like you



  33. 33

    Madonna has not done anything in over a year and she is still in the top ten. Says a lot.

  34. @v@ says – reply to this


    34

    Obviously lots of people love them, even if I don't. Shrugs.



  35. 35

    Time for some new music. I don't think rock rocks anymore. 60 years of it is enough. Time for something new in music.



  36. 36

    Re: SwedishSweetheart – asshole gaga made more money this year and madonna is right next to her without an album and a tour. gaga only did that and she released an album and a tour. madonna last year did her tour and was #1 on forbes list .take that



  37. 37

    lol madonna even without a tour and an album is almost #1- lol gaga only did that with an album and a tour.lol last year madonna just with her tour. (most sucessfull tour of all time for a solo artist) she went to #1



  38. 38

    Re: MadonnaLive
    From Forbes: The Forbes tally, which counted earnings between June 2009 and June 2010.
    In that time, Madonna toured, released a greatest hits package, a concert DVD, contributed her catalog to GLEE, did some ads for some major fashion lines, etc. Please don't say she didn't do anything during that time.

  39. @v@ says – reply to this


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    Re: MadonnaLive – Madonna is freaking lightweight radio pop.
    AC/DC is MEAT. Check out youtube AC/DC Moscow 1989 or in Spain. They're amazing, and watch Angus Young on Thunderstruck. He's one of the world's TOP guitarists.



  40. 40

    Re: @v@
    AC/DC trumps Madonna's longevity card. I remember getting the Back in Black LP (yes, I said LP) back in 1981. I was just a kid then, and I thought I was so cool b/c I had my first real rock album.



  41. 41

    Re: DanielDax – Yeah, it's always been like that, but even more so now with all internet downloads etc. Artists just can't make money from albums alone. I just hadn't even heard of a Bruce Springsteen tour. And do people still go see these artists even though they don't release any new material? Very interesting.