Since as far as anyone can remember,the amount of money an act makes holds just as much as interest as the music that brings that money in.
So, in a bid to quench the nosy thirsts of fan boys/girls the worldover, Billboard have released their list of Music’s Top 40 Money Makers.
Focusing only on US income, the list takes into account how much each act made in 2011 from publishing, touring and recorded music sales and does not include finances made from sponsorship or endorsement deals.
It is also worth noting that the list accounts for net earnings and not gross revenue, and so to some extent differs from Forbes annual list.
Peep the top ten below…