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    Mon, 23 Jan 2006 09:44:28

    U2 Rakes in a Cool $255 Million in ‘05 - Maybe now Bono can single-handedly end world poverty.

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    • U2 - CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) greets the crowd with U2 singer Bono (R) as The Edge looks on during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch wearable tech and two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
    • U2 - CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) greets the crowd with U2 singer Bono (2nd R) as The Edge (2nd L) and Larry Mullen Jr look on during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch wearable tech and two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
    • U2 - CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) announces the free download of the new U2 album on iTunes as members of U2 The Edge (2nd L), Larry Mullen Jr (C), Adam Clayton (2nd R) and Bono as and look on during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch wearable tech and two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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    In an effort to make struggling musicians feel even worse about their unpaid bills, Billboard has released its inaugural Money Makers Chart, tracking Nielsen data and Boxscore numbers to find the 20 bands that best played their way to the bank during the past year.

    Topping the chart are the lads of U2, whose mastery over arena tours, media exposure, digital downloads and old-fashioned album sales netted the band just over $255 million. The band was estimated to have taken their Vertigo tour to three million ticketholders during the course of the year.

    The Rolling Stones finished a distant second ($152 million), but still easily outpaced no. 3 moneymaker Kenny Chesney ($88 million). 50 Cent ($75 million) and Green Day ($72 million) also appear on the Top 10 list, right alongside a bevy of exciting new acts ranging from Paul McCartney ($84 million) and Elton John ($77 million) to Neil Diamond ($70 million) and The Eagles ($67 million). Boosted by her successful show in Las Vegas, Celine Dion ($76 million) is the lone female artist to crack into the upper echelon.

    Older acts have a clear advantage on the Money Makers list, as all earnings are taken into account, including catalog sales (McCartney’s total includes money received for the 1.3 million Beatles albums sold during the year). Radio play does not affect earnings and is therefore not a factor in the rankings. But any way you slice and dice the numbers, the results are clear: It just doesn’t get any bigger -- or richer -- than U2.

    -- The ARTISTdirect Staff
    01.23.06



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