Top Earning Music Artists of The Year

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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
RankArtist2009201020112012
*Earnings are from album sales and concert ticket sales only **Missing earnings means that artist was not in the top 40 earners that year
1Madonna$47,237,774  $34,577,308
2Bruce Springsteen$57,619,037  $33,443,606
3Roger Waters   $21,160,131
4Van Halen   $20,184,709
5Kenny Chesney$26,581,141 $29,837,103$19,148,525
6Dave Matthews Band$20,046,148$23,942,353 $18,903,334
7Tim McGraw $13,494,734$9,335,258$18,329,167
8Jason Aldean  $13,409,011$17,578,651
9Coldplay$27,326,562  $17,300,144
10Justin Bieber $22,492,565$5,523,459$15,944,293
11Adele  $13,081,909$13,906,635
12Lady Antebellum $9,161,199$6,676,450$12,968,992
13Celine Dion$14,326,129 $14,261,515$12,927,494
14Brad Paisley$14,299,322$13,955,990$8,602,374$12,848,724
15Taylor Swift$17,204,646$20,730,431$35,719,902$12,695,783
16Carrie Underwood $13,501,387 $11,942,956
17Nickelback   $11,121,419
18Eric Church   $11,015,773
19Rascal Flatts $11,958,021 $10,777,282
20Barbra Streisand   $10,611,419
21Neil Diamond   $10,498,985
22Trans-Siberian Orchestra$14,606,313  $9,959,362
23Toby Keith$11,941,345$9,872,996$10,413,127$9,805,764
24Drake   $9,504,992
25Red Hot Chili Peppers   $9,477,807
26The Rolling Stones   $9,276,084
27Miranda Lambert   $8,818,536
28Rush $8,990,258$5,819,304$8,719,834
29Elton John   $8,575,518
30One Direction   $7,955,840
31Phish$9,998,242$10,520,240 $7,382,514
32The Black Keys   $7,358,679
33Maroon 5   $7,159,923
34Jay-Z $11,636,462 $7,011,905
35Journey  $12,313,822$6,983,106
36Andrea Bocelli$10,711,746  $6,732,442
37Zac Brown Band  $6,481,564$6,682,797
38Rod Stewart  $6,388,756$6,459,568
39Mumford & Sons   $6,168,737
40Blake Shelton   $5,914,591
Ranked by 2011 Earnings
RankArtist200920102011 
2U2$108,601,283 $32,116,315 
4Lady Gaga $30,556,342$25,353,039 
5Lil Wayne$12,866,174 $23,178,722 
6Sade  $16,382,809 
7Bon Jovi $30,441,776$15,835,856 
11"Glee" Cast $8,830,710$12,587,771 
13Elton John$22,141,315$7,160,887$11,973,990 
14Katy Perry  $11,969,426 
16Britney Spears$38,885,267 $10,090,973 
17Bob Segar & The Silver Bullet Band  $10,017,031 
18Rascal Flatts$17,996,964 $9,639,270 
20Michael BublĂ© $19,813,232$9,027,177 
22Rihanna $4,473,304$7,660,833 
23Enrique Iglesias  $7,448,670 
24The Beatles  $6,743,863 
25Paul McCartney$12,203,170$14,180,842$6,726,519 
27Keith Urban$14,075,581 $6,579,695 
30Usher $13,249,179$6,292,586 
31Foo Fighters  $6,013,257 
33Backstreet Boys  $5,712,050 
34Sugarland $4,478,705$5,632,406 
36New Kids On The Block  $5,519,805 
37Steely Dan  $5,389,509 
38Motley Crue  $5,376,272 
39Kanye West  $5,363,661 
40Linkin Park  $5,190,655 
Ranked by 2010 Earnings
RankArtist20092010  
3Roger Waters $24,489,675  
8Eagles $18,304,214  
9The Black Eyed Peas $16,823,576  
11Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers $13,997,727  
18Eminem $11,211,140  
20Eric Clapton $10,230,660  
22Cher$11,421,553$9,613,175  
23John Mayer $9,275,991  
25Carole King $9,131,527  
26James Taylor $8,995,614  
29Brooks & Dunn $8,698,351  
30Nickelback$23,674,124$8,542,208  
31George Strait $7,361,898  
32Reba McEntire $7,199,374  
34Muse $5,812,629  
35Daughtry $4,852,769  
36Susan Boyle $4,770,339  
37Michael Jackson$17,301,639$4,766,283  
38Alicia Keys $4,693,696  
Ranked by 2009 Earnings
RankArtist2009   
4AC/DC$43,650,466   
6Pink$36,347,658   
7Jonas Brothers$33,596,576   
10Metallica$25,564,234   
11Fleetwood Mac$24,751,540   
13Beyonce$23,658,131   
15Miley Cyrus$21,285,996   
16Il Divo$20,909,735   
18Andre Rieu$19,468,768   
22Depeche Mode$16,035,102   
23Billy Joel$15,721,607   
25Kings of Leon$14,421,763   
29Tina Turner$13,169,806   
33Green Day$12,152,004   
35Kiss$11,833,930   
38Bob Dylan$9,610,011   
39Leonard Cohen$9,511,958   
40Bette Midler$9,421,947   
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Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute (Online / Direct Response Mail)
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Date research was conducted: August 26, 2016

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