Top Earning Music Artists of The Year

Statistic Verification
Source: Billboard
Date Verified: 3.20.2012
The following is a ranking of top music industry earners from album sales and concert ticket sales. The list begins with the top 40 earners of the past year then ranks from the top earners of the prior year.
Top Music Industry Earners of the Year
Rank Artist 2009 2010 2011 2012
*Earnings are from album sales and concert ticket sales only **Missing earnings means that artist was not in the top 40 earners that year
1 Madonna $47,237,774     $34,577,308
2 Bruce Springsteen $57,619,037     $33,443,606
3 Roger Waters       $21,160,131
4 Van Halen       $20,184,709
5 Kenny Chesney $26,581,141   $29,837,103 $19,148,525
6 Dave Matthews Band $20,046,148 $23,942,353   $18,903,334
7 Tim McGraw   $13,494,734 $9,335,258 $18,329,167
8 Jason Aldean     $13,409,011 $17,578,651
9 Coldplay $27,326,562     $17,300,144
10 Justin Bieber   $22,492,565 $5,523,459 $15,944,293
11 Adele     $13,081,909 $13,906,635
12 Lady Antebellum   $9,161,199 $6,676,450 $12,968,992
13 Celine Dion $14,326,129   $14,261,515 $12,927,494
14 Brad Paisley $14,299,322 $13,955,990 $8,602,374 $12,848,724
15 Taylor Swift $17,204,646 $20,730,431 $35,719,902 $12,695,783
16 Carrie Underwood   $13,501,387   $11,942,956
17 Nickelback       $11,121,419
18 Eric Church       $11,015,773
19 Rascal Flatts   $11,958,021   $10,777,282
20 Barbra Streisand       $10,611,419
21 Neil Diamond       $10,498,985
22 Trans-Siberian Orchestra $14,606,313     $9,959,362
23 Toby Keith $11,941,345 $9,872,996 $10,413,127 $9,805,764
24 Drake       $9,504,992
25 Red Hot Chili Peppers       $9,477,807
26 The Rolling Stones       $9,276,084
27 Miranda Lambert       $8,818,536
28 Rush   $8,990,258 $5,819,304 $8,719,834
29 Elton John       $8,575,518
30 One Direction       $7,955,840
31 Phish $9,998,242 $10,520,240   $7,382,514
32 The Black Keys       $7,358,679
33 Maroon 5       $7,159,923
34 Jay-Z   $11,636,462   $7,011,905
35 Journey     $12,313,822 $6,983,106
36 Andrea Bocelli $10,711,746     $6,732,442
37 Zac Brown Band     $6,481,564 $6,682,797
38 Rod Stewart     $6,388,756 $6,459,568
39 Mumford & Sons       $6,168,737
40 Blake Shelton       $5,914,591
Ranked by 2011 Earnings
Rank Artist 2009 2010 2011  
2 U2 $108,601,283   $32,116,315  
4 Lady Gaga   $30,556,342 $25,353,039  
5 Lil Wayne $12,866,174   $23,178,722  
6 Sade     $16,382,809  
7 Bon Jovi   $30,441,776 $15,835,856  
11 "Glee" Cast   $8,830,710 $12,587,771  
13 Elton John $22,141,315 $7,160,887 $11,973,990  
14 Katy Perry     $11,969,426  
16 Britney Spears $38,885,267   $10,090,973  
17 Bob Segar & The Silver Bullet Band     $10,017,031  
18 Rascal Flatts $17,996,964   $9,639,270  
20 Michael BublĂ©   $19,813,232 $9,027,177  
22 Rihanna   $4,473,304 $7,660,833  
23 Enrique Iglesias     $7,448,670  
24 The Beatles     $6,743,863  
25 Paul McCartney $12,203,170 $14,180,842 $6,726,519  
27 Keith Urban $14,075,581   $6,579,695  
30 Usher   $13,249,179 $6,292,586  
31 Foo Fighters     $6,013,257  
33 Backstreet Boys     $5,712,050  
34 Sugarland   $4,478,705 $5,632,406  
36 New Kids On The Block     $5,519,805  
37 Steely Dan     $5,389,509  
38 Motley Crue     $5,376,272  
39 Kanye West     $5,363,661  
40 Linkin Park     $5,190,655  
Ranked by 2010 Earnings
Rank Artist 2009 2010    
3 Roger Waters   $24,489,675    
8 Eagles   $18,304,214    
9 The Black Eyed Peas   $16,823,576    
11 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers   $13,997,727    
18 Eminem   $11,211,140    
20 Eric Clapton   $10,230,660    
22 Cher $11,421,553 $9,613,175    
23 John Mayer   $9,275,991    
25 Carole King   $9,131,527    
26 James Taylor   $8,995,614    
29 Brooks & Dunn   $8,698,351    
30 Nickelback $23,674,124 $8,542,208    
31 George Strait   $7,361,898    
32 Reba McEntire   $7,199,374    
34 Muse   $5,812,629    
35 Daughtry   $4,852,769    
36 Susan Boyle   $4,770,339    
37 Michael Jackson $17,301,639 $4,766,283    
38 Alicia Keys   $4,693,696    
Ranked by 2009 Earnings
Rank Artist 2009      
4 AC/DC $43,650,466      
6 Pink $36,347,658      
7 Jonas Brothers $33,596,576      
10 Metallica $25,564,234      
11 Fleetwood Mac $24,751,540      
13 Beyonce $23,658,131      
15 Miley Cyrus $21,285,996      
16 Il Divo $20,909,735      
18 Andre Rieu $19,468,768      
22 Depeche Mode $16,035,102      
23 Billy Joel $15,721,607      
25 Kings of Leon $14,421,763      
29 Tina Turner $13,169,806      
33 Green Day $12,152,004      
35 Kiss $11,833,930      
38 Bob Dylan $9,610,011      
39 Leonard Cohen $9,511,958      
40 Bette Midler $9,421,947      
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Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute (Online / Direct Response Mail)
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: August 26, 2016

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