Top Ten Highest Paid Musicians For 2008 from Concert, Ticket Sales, and Other Ventures

by Hank Coleman

Last year, I posted the Top Five Highest Paid Musicians.  It was a great list.  I only posted it on a whim, and it quickly became one of the most read articles here on Own The Dollar.  So, now that Forbes has compiled its newest list for the past year, I thought that I would share the top ten highest paid musicians for 2008 with you.  While a lot of this data is not readily published and not all inclusive, the dollar figures combine music royalties, endorsement deals, ticket sales, and other side ventures like perfume, clothing, and other deals.

Top 10 Highest Paid Musicians For 2008

  1. Madonna – $110 million
  2. Beyonce Knowles – $87 million
  3. Coldplay – $70 million
  4. Bruce Springsteen – $70 million
  5. Kenny Chesney – $65 million
  6. Rascal Flatts – $60 million
  7. AC/DC – $60 million
  8. Toby Keith – $52 million
  9. Bon Jovi – $50 million
  10. Brittney Spears – $35 million

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Other notable musicians…..

Jay-z – $35 million
Kanye West – $25 million
Miley Cyrus – $25 million
Jonas Brothers – $25 million
50 Cent – $20 million
Taylor Swift – $18 million
Carrie Underwood – $14 million

There is quite a bit of change from last year’s list. Some acts did not even make the list this year. A lot of that has to do with who is on tour around the country and the world.

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Vince June 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm

This is a really great top ten list, too bad Michael Jackson didn’t make i to go on his tour, he would easily have been #1 for 2010, he had pre-soldout 50 shows! Anyone can post their own list to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

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