This just in: Our favorite list-makers from Forbes have just figured out the latest figures on which musicians make the most moolah. Who is it? How much do they make? Will Justin Bieber marry me?
Find out the answer to (most of) these questions after the jump.
Forbes released the Top-Earning Musicians of 2010 list this weekend, and if you were able to listen to music in the 1990s, you should have no problem recognizing the majority of the names on the list:
Coming in at Number 10 is supergroup the [lastfm]Black Eyed Peas[/lastfm], with an annual earning of $48 Million. Take a look at one of their first music videos and then follow-up with one of their newest hits, which helped them gross nearly $800,ooo.00 on their latest world tour.
At Number 9? Country singer [lastfm]Kenny Chesney [/lastfm]with $50 Million.
Number 8: The Pop Queen, [lastfm]Madonna[/lastfm]. This “Material Girl” got her start in the 1980s with hits like this:
And Madonna solidified her power when hit tv show Glee did a Madonna-themed episode:
Number 7: [lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm]!! (Sorry, I got excited) But Gaga is the only artist in the Top Ten to have gotten their fame in the last 10 years. With the craziest outfits and most bizarre videos we’ve ever seen (and liked), this “Poker Face” performer has wracked up $62 million in annual earnings, $95 million in touring, and is one of the best walking advertisements known to man.
Number 6: [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm], the one-man empire. Though Jay-Z got his start in music, with tunes like “99 Problems,” it is his investments in everything from nightclubs, to Broadway, to basketball that have helped this mogul earn $63 million annually.
Number 5: [lastfm]Britney Spears[/lastfm], one of the first Pop Princesses keeps producing hits like she produces drama. As one who grew up with her first album, I find myself just as addicted to her music today.
Number 4: [lastfm]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm] with annual earnings of $70 Million.
Number 3: [lastfm]Beyonce[/lastfm], one-third of the phenomenal [lastfm]Destiny’s Child[/lastfm], has managed to make an average of $87 million dollars annually as a “Single Lady.”
Number 2: [lastfm]AC/DC[/lastfm] with $114 million annual earnings.
And Numero Uno: [lastfm]U2[/lastfm] with a whopping $130 million in annual earnings.
If the last two names are a little unfamiliar to you, you may not have been around or musically coherent in the 1990s like I previously mentioned. AC/DC and U2 are some of the biggest names and longest lasting groups in American rock.
Because they have had decades to perfect their acts (and they have), get millions of fans behind them, and continually add money to their banks from album sales, cassette tape sales, cd sales, concert ticket sales, endorsements and who knows what else.
So, if you want to see some of your favorite new acts like ([lastfm]Justin Bieber[/lastfm], [lastfm]Drake[/lastfm], or [lastfm]Rihanna[/lastfm]) top next year’s list, start (legally) downloading their music and take a few of your friends to go see some great performances!!