Forbes has unveiled the 2016 edition of its annual list of the World’s Highest Paid Musicians, and finishing in the top 10 of tally were AC/DC and The Rolling Stones.
AC/DC was the top-earning rock act on Forbes‘ list, coming in at #7 after bringing in $67.5 million in 2016. The legendary Australian rockers’ lucrative year was bolstered by their Rock or Bust world tour, which featured Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose stepping in for the band’s longtime frontman Brian Johnson, who was forced to retire from the road because of hearing issues.
As for The Rolling Stones, they finished at #8 after bringing in $66.5 million. Fueling the British rock icons’ earnings were the 27 shows that the band played in stadiums and other large venues this past year.
Other rockers to make the 2016 list include Bruce Springsteen at #11 with $60.5 million earned, Paul McCartney at #12 with $56.5 million, U2 at #15 with $55 million, The Foo Fighters at #21 with $48.5 million and Elton John at #24 with $42 million.
None of these artists held a candle to the #1 earner of 2016: pop star Taylor Swift, who brought in a whopping $170 million. Along the way, the singer broke The Rolling Stones’ record for the highest-grossing North American trek.
For the full list of the highest-earning musicians of 2016, visit Forbes.com.
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Source: Classic Rock News