They may not be viral favorites like Lady Gaga, Irish rock legends U2 pulled in a hefty $130 million in 2009, making them the richest band in the world for 2010, according to Forbes magazine annual list of the world’s richest musicians.
Next on the list is AC/DC, who pulled down $114 million from their insanely successful tour. Also on the list: Beyonce and her boo Jay-Z, Madonna and Britney Spears. Country music also made a strong showing with Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith breaking into the Top 10.
The list was calculated looking at tour profits, album sales, endorsement deals and other business ventures.
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