U2 is still insanely rich! The Irish rockers have earned $130 million over the last 12 months, making them this year’s top earning musicians.
They were recently forced to scrap a number of concerts after Bono suffered a back injury, and they still came out on top! U2 sold over 1.3 million tickets for their epic 360 tour.
AC/DC was a close second, earning $114 million from a tour which grossed $226 million - $2.3 million per night.
Beyonce Knowles was named the highest earning female of the year, taking third place with a stash of $87 million, thanks to a world tour, sales from her House of Dereon fashion line and endorsement deals.
Jay-Z unsurprisingly made the list as well, taking the sixth spot after raking in $63 million from record sales, a tour and his stakes in the New Jersey Nets basketball team, 40/40 nightclub chain and hit stage show Fela!.
He was edged by Bruce Springsteen and Britney Spears, who earned $70 million and $64 million respectively.
Lady Gaga was a new addition, featuring at number seven with $62 million earnings, thanks to CD and download sales, her Monster’s Ball world tour and endorsement deals, and beat out Madonna, who took eighth place with $58 million.
Country star Kenny Chesney landed at number nine after filling his bank with $50 million, while the final spot was tied between Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and Toby Keith who all earned $48 million.
Forbes magazine’s Top Earning Musicians of 2010:
1. U2 – $130 million
2. AC/DC - $114 million
3. Beyonce - $87 million
4. Bruce Springsteen - $70 million
5. Britney Spears - $64 million
6. Jay-Z - $63 million
7. Lady Gaga - $62 million
8. Madonna - $58 million
9. Kenny Chesney - $50 million
10 = Black Eyed Peas - $48 million
10= Coldplay - $48 million
10= Toby Keith - $48 million
These numbers sort of make you want to quit your day job!