KFIX Rock News: Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters On “Forbes” List Of Highest-Paid Musicians
Forbes magazine is out with its annual list of the world’s highest-paid musicians, and it turns out that Bon Jovi earned more money than any other rock act over the period the magazine tracked, from June 1 of 2012 through June 1 of this year.
The New Jersey band came in at #3 overall, with earnings of $79 million, thanks to their huge Because We Can tour, which took in an estimated $3 million per city.
Elton John, meanwhile, finished in the eighth slot on the tally with $54 million in earnings.
Paul McCartney landed in 12th place after bringing in $47 million thanks to his share of The Beatles catalog and his successful concerts.
Ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters is #15 on the list with $44 million from his successful The Wall Live Tour and his Floyd royalties.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were tied for #20 with rap mogul Dr. Dre with $40 million, while The Rolling Stones came in tied for 22nd with pop starlet Katy Perry after a $39 million windfall.
Easily topping Forbes‘ list is the Material Girl herself, Madonna, who brought in an impressive $125 million. Here is the full top 25 of the tally:
Madonna $125 million
Lady Gaga $80 million
Bon Jovi $79 million
Toby Keith $65 million
Coldplay $64 million
Justin Bieber $58 million
Taylor Swift $55 million
Elton John $54 million
Beyonce/Kenny Chesney (tie) $53 million
Diddy $50 million
Paul McCartney $47 million
DJ/Producer/Artist Calvin Harris $46 million
Jennifer Lopez $45 million
Ex-Pink Floyd member Roger Waters $44 million
Rihanna/Muse (tie) $43 million
Jay Z/One Direction (tie) $42 million
Dr. Dre/Red Hot Chili Peppers (tie) $40 million
Katy Perry/Rolling Stones (tie) $39 million
Tim McGraw $33 million
Pink/Superstar DJ Tiesto (tie) $32 million
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