U2 is Top Moneymaker of 2009 on Billboard's Annual List

U218 SinglesBillboard has announced their list of the Top 40 Money Makers in music.  Changing it's methodology and breaking from the pack of other publisher's lists, this year's rankings are based on the artist's actual share of the generated revenue instead of using the gross amounts.  Information was gathered from a variety of sources (Billboard Boxscore, Nielsen SoundScan, Nielsen BDS, etc.) and then applying estimated mechanical rates.  What is not included is artist's shares of merchandise sales, sponsorships or songwriter's royalties.

Topping the chart and almost doubling the take of the second place artist is U2 who brought in an estimated $108,601,283.  Of course, their high take is very much influenced by their hugely successful 360 degree tour.  Second was Bruce Springsteen with a take of $57.6 million while Madonna was third with $47.2 million.

Overall, veteran artists accounted for four of the top five, five of the top ten and seventeen of the full forty.

Here are the top 5 along with every other veteran artists that made the list.
  • 1. U2 - $108,601,283
  • 2. Bruce Springsteen - $57,619,037
  • 3. Madonna - $47,237,774
  • 4. AC/DC - $43,650,466
  • 5. Britney Spears - $38,885,267
  • 10. Metallica - $25,564,234
  • 11. Fleetwood Mac - $24,751,540
  • 14. Elton John - $22,141,315
  • 20. Michael Jackson - $17,301,639
  • 22. Depeche Mode - $16,035,102
  • 23. Billy Joel - $15,721,607
  • 29. Tina Turner - $13,169,806
  • 31. Paul McCartney - $12,203,170
  • 34. Kiss - $11,833,930
  • 35. Cher - $11,421,553
  • 38. Bob Dylan - $9,610,011
  • 39. Leonard Cohen - $9,511,958
  • 40. Bette Midler - $9,421,947

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