You rock ’n’ rollers could also be getting older — however you’re nonetheless shelling out huge bucks to your favourite acts.
In truth, of America’s 50 top-earning musical artists final 12 months, 29 are thought-about “heritage artists.”
That’s Billboard’s time period for acts who’ve launched a minimal of 10 albums or been energetic for at the least 20 years.
The commerce magazine, which launched its “Money Makers” listing on Friday, designated U2 the highest earner of 2017 primarily based on US live performance grosses, plus royalties from home gross sales, streaming and publishing.
The Irish band took in a complete of $54.four million — $52 million of which got here from its “Joshua Tree” 30th anniversary tour.
Touring proved the highest earnings producer for nearly all 50 acts, whose complete earnings was $961 million for his or her home endeavors, representing a year-over-year enhance of 13 %.
Only two artists made the listing with out hitting the street: Drake, No. 37, by amassing probably the most streaming royalties, $8.6 million, and Taylor Swift, No. 48, by promoting probably the most albums, $5 million.
There had been surprises. Metallica nailed the No. three spot, and, by style, rock continued to dominate, taking 24 of the Top 50 spots versus 9 for pop, 9 for nation and eight for R&B/hip-hop.