Thursday, November 29, 2012
Elton John 3rd Highest Earning Musician in 2012
Dr. Dre did not have a new album released this year, but that did not stop the super producer from collecting dollars from his past records, concert productions, and of course his music accessory biz, headphones. Forbes reports that Dre took in $110 million from his Beats headphone line.
Meanwhile, Pink Floyd's founding member Roger Waters followed in as second top earner this year with $88 million, thanks to his successful The Wall Live tour. According to Billboard Boxscore, the 69-year-old musician grossed $131 million from November 2011 to May 2012 alone.
Another British music veteran, Elton John, made it as the third highest earner in 2012 with $80 million. Most of his income came from doing 100 shows during the scoring period, including a series of shows in Las Vegas.
Irish rockers U2 placed fourth with $78 million. The band are close to wrapping up their record-breaking 360 tour. The tour grossed $736 million over three years.
Rounding up the top five are British boy band Take That with $69 million. The group's reunion tour grossed a record $61 million for eight dates at London's Wembley Stadium. Their reunion gig was also the highest-grossing single-stadium stand put on record at that point and the band also played dozens of dates around Europe.
Dr. Dre - ($110 million)
Roger Waters - ($88 million)
Elton John - ($80 million)
U2 - ($78 million)
Take That - ($69 million)
Bon Jovi ($60 million)
Britney Spears ($58 million)
Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift (tie- $57 million)
Justin Bieber and Toby Keith (tie- $55 million)
Rihanna ($53 million)