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U2 is world’s top earning band: Survey
NEW YORK, JUL 17 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 17 Jul. 2010 11:13 PM IST
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Irish rockers U2, who netted USD 130 million from their massive world tour and other deals, are the world’s top-earning musicians, according to Forbes.com. The group made USD 10 million in ticket sales on each tour stop and, along with merchandising revenue, hit the top of the list ahead of Australian heavy metal group AC/DC, who earned USD 114 million from their worldwide tour.
R&B singer Beyonce Knowles came in third with USD 87 million, three spots above her husband, rapper Jay-Z.
New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band and pop diva Britney Spears rounded out the top five.
“Nearly half of the artists that make up this year’s list of the top-earning music acts have been around long enough that they could have appeared on the soundtrack to “Back to the Future,” Forbes.com said.
The financial website added that the top two bands, along with Springsteen and Madonna, who came in at No 8, could make as much as USD 372 million between June 2009 and June 2010.

 
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