Six Country Artists among Top Twenty Money Makers

Billboard has published their annual list – 2007 Billboard Money Makers, which is bewilderingly titled, given the rankings are completely based on 2006 album sales, digital sales and concert ticket sales.   Here are the top twenty money makers, which is all the magazine lists, along with their total money made.   Country artists are in bold and italics. (Note: Totals don’t include songwriting royalties, and album sales include all units moved of the artist’s entire catalog during the calendar year, not just current releases that are on the charts.)

  1. The Rolling Stones  ($234.1 million)
  2. Madonna ($175.1 million)
  3. Bon Jovi ($103.2 million)
  4. Tim McGraw ($102.6 million)
  5. U2 ($94.5 million)
  6. Rascal Flatts ($87.1 million)
  7. Faith Hill  ($83.1 million)
  8. Kenny Chesney ($75.9 million)
  9. Celine Dion ($70 million)
  10. Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Delirium’ ($69.9 million)
  11. Barbra Streisand ($67.2 million)
  12. Nickelback ($60.1 million)
  13. Billy Joel ($58.8 million)
  14. Aerosmith ($54 million)
  15. Elton John ($49.4 million)
  16. Dave Matthews Band ($48.4 million)
  17. Johnny Cash ($48 million)
  18. Dixie Chicks ($46.9 million)
  19. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($46 million)
  20. Andrea Bocelli ($42.1 million)


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