By: Susan Harris - Staff Writer
Published: Jun 19, 2021

U2 Takes Forbes Top Slot

U2 has taken the top slot as the highest paid bands by Forbes. The list also includes Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney and the Eagles to name a few. The band’s annual earnings are $195 million.

Bon Jovi opened New Jersey’s New Meadowlands Stadium with three consecutive sold out concerts last May and another in July. The band grossed $200 million playing 74 shows over the past 12 months and released a greatest hits album. Frontman Jon Bon Jovi was named to the White House Council for Community Solutions by President Obama.

Sir Elton has sold 250 million records worldwide over the past 30 years and isn’t slowing down, grossing $204 million on 102 live shows in the past 12 months. The Rocket Man still has time for family. With partner David Furnish, he welcomed surrogate son Zachary in 2010; Lady Gaga is the tyke’s godmother.

Speaking of Lady Gaga, The Queen Monster grossed $170 million on 137 shows in 22 countries over the past 12 months. Though high production costs significantly reduced that sum, Gaga rakes in additional cash for heavy radio play, recorded music sales and endorsement deals from Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable, Viva Glam and others.


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