Madonna tops Forbes list of top-earning acts

Posted by Sylar On Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Forbes magazine issued its list of the year’s top-earning musicians … their year being June to June, that is. And it should come as no surprise that Madonna tops the cash heap.

What is (mildly) unexpected is just how much wealthier Madge has become. As Forbes reports, the Material Mom has garnered roughly $40-$50 million annually since 2002. Last year, however, she more than doubled that tally, rising to $110 million.

Céline Dion almost beat her, however. The chest-beating French-Canadian songbird raked in a cool $100 mil herself last year.Beyoncé landed in third, with $87 million.

The list was compiled by assessing earnings from album sales, touring, publishing and endorsement deals, with Billboard, Pollstar and Nielsen SoundScancited as sources.

Curious about the rest? Forbes’ Top-Earning Musicians, June 2008 — June 2009
1. Madonna, $110 million
2. Céline Dion, $100 million
3. Beyoncé, $87 million
4. Bruce Springsteen, $70 million
5. Kenny Chesney, $65 million
6. Rascal Flatts, $60 million
6. Coldplay, $60 million
6. AC/DC, $60 million
9. Eagles, $55 million
10. Toby Keith, $52 million
11. Bon Jovi, $50 million
12. Dave Matthews Band, $45 million

Source: Soundcheck

1 Response to "Madonna tops Forbes list of top-earning acts"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    Thank god! Her Madgesty won! Seriously, I can't believe Celine is on the number 2 spot! Who kept watching that ridiculous show at Caesar's Palace? It's the same thing for the last whatever year she signed on!!! Keep it up Her Madgesty! and kudos to Beyonce, younger than the two but quite an entrepreneur already! So Put Your Hands Up!!!


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