Saturday, December 13, 2014

Elton Made $45m This Year, Eden Fans Upset by Ticket Sales System

Even as record labels cry for an end to online piracy to stop the death of music, musicians like Dr. Dre, Beyonce, and the members of The Eagles will walk away from 2014 with more than $100 million in earnings, according to Forbes’ annual ranking.

That’s not to say record sales haven’t taken a hit; in fact, the highest ranking musicians on list, rapper Dr. Dre, largely earned his spot through the success of his Beats headphones line. Earlier this year, Dr. Dre sold the company to Apple for a reported $3 billion. Dr. Dre’s share brought his total income for the year to $620 million, before taxes.

Despite not quite achieving his own claims that he was “hip-hop’s first billionaire” after the deal, Dr. Dre isn’t just taking 2014’s title for highest paid musician — he’s had the most profitable year for a musician in the history of Forbes’ ranking. Even with hoards of teenage girls buying up One Direction concert tickets, the global obsession with Beyonce, and reunion tours from classic bands like The Eagles, Dr. Dre’s slice of the pie was easily the largest.

Quite a bit larger in fact. In comparison to Dr. Dre, Beyonce — who took the number two spot with $113 million — made less a than a sixth of what Dr. Dre did in 2014. Beyonce’s 2014 wealth was mostly composed of a tour with husband Jay-Z, her surprise album, and deals with Pepsi and H&M. Jay-Z didn’t do too poorly himself, coming in at number 12 on the list with a total of $60 million.

Modern giants didn’t take all the cash though. Extremely successful reunion tours gave four spots on the list to classic rock artists. The highest charting among them was The Eagles, who joined Dr. Dre and Beyonce as the only artists to crack $100 million in 2014. The Eagles were closely followed on the list by Bon Jovi ($82 million) and Bruce Springsteen ($81 million) at number four and number five, as well as Sir Paul McCartney at number nine. Further down the list, The Eagles were also joined by The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.

Even though Dr. Dre, Beyonce and The Eagles came out on top by a fairly stiff margin, there were still dozens of other artists who were able to crack the top 30, and even more (including the likes of Britney Spears and Madonna) who made double-digit millions without quite making the cut.

1. Dr. Dre ($620 million)

2. Beyonce ($115 million)

3. The Eagles ($100 million)

4. Bon Jovi ($82 million)

5. Bruce Springsteen ($81 million)

6. Justin Bieber ($80 million)

7. One Direction ($75 million)

8. Paul McCartney ($71 million)

9. Calvin Harris ($66 million)

10. Toby Keith ($65 million)

11. Taylor Swift ($64 million)

12. Jay-Z, Bruno Mars & Diddy ($60 million) [Tie]

15. Justin Timberlake ($57 million)

16. Pink ($52 million)

17. Michael Bublé ($51 million)

18. Rihanna ($48 million)

19. Rolling Stones ($47 million)

20. Roger Waters ($46 million)

21. Elton John ($45 million)

22. Kenny Chesney ($44 million)

- inquisitr

ANGRY Elton John fans have voiced their anger and frustration at what they believe to have been an unfair ticketing system for his Eden Sessions gig this summer.

Many hopeful fans were left empty handed, even after spending long periods of time waiting in phone queues this afternoon.

General sale tickets were unavailable online and have since sold out for the gig on Tuesday June 16.

One Elton John fan, Debbie Datson, said: “It was an absolute farce on the booking line to Eden for the Elton John session.

“I spent hours redialling to get a message saying the phone lines are busy or an engaged tone.

“After well over two hours I got a message saying tickets are sold out.

“People were getting through and being cut off and it is an absolutely ridiculous system.

“I am disabled and there is no way of buying tickets without sitting for hours on the phone so surely this is disadvantaging their less able bodied customers.”

There was also an outpouring of discontent on the Eden Project’s timeline.

Leanne Mullin posted: “This is a joke. I have been redialling since 4pm, I get through, put on hold and then hung up on by the chap who answered. What a farce.”

Lee Morford also posted about his frustration.

“Pathetic and farcical. A simple queuing system would have solved all this bad feeling from those who’ve made the effort to start dialling at 4pm and are still trying over two hours later, only to speak to someone who has just tried and got through.”

Eden was unavailable for comment.

- cornishguardian

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