[lastfm]U2[/lastfm] may have had to cancel their North American tour dates this year due to Bono’s back surgery, but that didn’t stop them from making tons and tons of money. The band made bank last year and top the list for Forbes magazine’s Top-Earning Musicians for 2010.
What other artists were breakin’ their backs to try to get on Forbes list? Find out after the jump!
Forbes names [lastfm]U2[/lastfm] the top earning music act for 2010 with an estimated value of $130 million. This mostly comes from the strength of their worldwide 360 tour, merchandise sales, strong radio airplay, and record sales. The annual list compiles money earned between June 2009 and June 2010. Much of the money for these artists are based on the tours they had in the past year and major endorsement deals.
Here’s the rest of the top 10:
2. [lastfm]AC/DC[/lastfm] – $114 million
3. [lastfm]Beyoncé[/lastfm] – $87 million
4. [lastfm]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm] – $70 million
5. [lastfm]Britney Spears[/lastfm] – $64 million
6. [lastfm]Jay-Z [/lastfm]- $63 million
7. [lastfm]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] – $62 million
8. [lastfm]Madonna[/lastfm] – $58 million
9. [lastfm]Kenny Chesney[/lastfm] – $50 million
10. [lastfm]Black Eyed Peas[/lastfm], [lastfm]Coldplay[/lastfm], and [lastfm]Toby Keith[/lastfm] – $48 million
U2’s rescheduled tour dates are June 17 & 18, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.