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U2 Is World's Biggest Selling Band (Again!)

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For the second year in a row, U2 has been named the highest-paid band by Forbes.

Every year, the mag releases a list of the 25 biggest-earning musicians. Acts that have toured consistently throughout the year tend to make the top spots on the list and U2 was no exception. The Irish rockers pulled in $195 million after bringing their 360 tour to a close, with the tour itself banking over $700 million.

Coming in second as Bon Jovi, who made $125 million and Elton John came in third with $100 million after playing a total of 102 shows over the last year. Rounding out the top five are Lady GaGa ($90 million) and Michael Buble ($70m).

Check out the full list of high-rolling musicians after the jump!

2. Bon Jovi ($125m) (£77m)
3. Elton John ($100m) (£61m)
4. Lady Gaga ($90m) (£55m)
5. Michael Buble ($70m) (£43m)
6. Paul McCartney ($67m) (£41m)
7. Black Eyed Peas ($61m) (£37.5m)
8. Eagles ($60m) (£37m)
9. Justin Bieber ($53m) (£32m)
10. Dave Matthews Band ($51m) (£31m)
11. Toby Keith ($50m) (£30m)
12. Usher ($46m) (£28m)
13. Taylor Swift $45m) (£27.5m)
14. Katy Perry ($44m) (£27m)
15. Brad Paisley ($40m) (£24m)
16. Tom Petty & the Heartbreaks ($38m) (£23m)
17. Jay-Z ($38m) (£23m)
18. AC/DC ($35m) (£21m)
18. Sean "Diddy" Combs ($35m) (£21m)
18. Beyonce ($35m) (£21m)
18. Tim McGraw ($35m) (£21m)
18. Muse ($35m) (£21m)
23. Rascal Flatts ($34m) (£20m)
24. Kenny Chesney ($30m) (£18.5m)
25. Rihanna ($29m) (£18m)

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15 comments to “U2 Is World's Biggest Selling Band (Again!)”



  1. 1

    Thank god for real talent.



  2. 2

    of course they're the highest paid band, people have to take out second mortgages just to buy a ticket to their concerts.



  3. 3

    Very happy to hear that the malibu conservatory SHUT DOWN 'The Edge's' plan to build multiple mansions on pristine raw land that has never been touched. Spoiled fuck. HA!



  4. 4

    Thats a lot of money…
    Really love U2
    Congratz to everyone that made it to the list. Love the whole top 5. All of them are great. And congratz GaGa for being the most successful woman on there (and people say she is flopping tsk)
    Where's Britney?



  5. 5

    M.B and Bon Jovi deserved every penny of it!



  6. 6

    @RobDawg: I'm going to see them tomorrow night in Anaheim. My ticket was $95 plus additional fees…and I'm in the nosebleed section. Still happy to be going, but wish I could sit closer!



  7. 7

    who caressss



  8. 8

    Re: residentevil606 – You obviously do, why else comment?



  9. 9

    Where is new talent with talent? Time for people to join the art and media revolution that's opposing what rock/rap/country/pop has become , and bringing great music again.



  10. 10

    Lots of Dinosaurs on that list that have been propped up by the four main record companies. Seems the more the tickets cost, the less the quality of music.
    I think post-bands music is so much more fun, more real and honest, and fair. And it's outside the control of this fake music industry.



  11. 11

    Diddy? WTF?! Maybe, I'll go on tour!! LOLZ!!



  12. 12

    Re: Glamour_is_the_Life – Well,…….Brit, Madonna didn't tour. LOLZ!! P.S. When was the last time you took a shower? I'm serious. When?! I bet your *holes* are beginning to fuse to the chair! LMAO!!



  13. 13

    Re: POPSCIDICTATOR – The reason I said Brit was because I’ve heard that she earned the most money even if she didn’t tour. I never said Madonna and even if they all had toured at the same time the list would be 1 Madonna 2. Lady GaGa (maybe even GaGa first, you never know) 3. Britney. I’m a bigger Britney fan than Madonna BTW and a fan of both.
    Why do you always have to make everything personal? Why don’t you go back out on the street and continue to do what you are “good” at to blind guys.
    Of course you aren’t a hooker; they have more self respect than you and more value than you.
    I'm not going that say to you go take a shower but go to a doctor in case you have some diseases, not because I care about you one bit but I would feel sorry for the guys you have gotten drunk to get some decease from you.



  14. 14

    Re: Glamour_is_the_Life – Gaga's tour did rake in a substantial amount of income and was considered to be highly successful. But keep in mind the figures, Elton John make $100 million, and played 102 shows. Lady Gaga was runner up, but at the same time, she accumulated $90 million, but played over 200 shows. An extremely long running tour, double in length, but technically making half the money.



  15. 15

    Congrats U2