Highest Earning Musicians of 2011 in the United States

on 12 March 2012 in Slideshows


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Billboard Magazine has compiled a list of the musicians who earnt the most in the United States in 2011.

Due to the concert business rebounding strongly thanks to an improving economy artists who were touring faired the best and touring income was the biggest source of income for these top earners.

Billboard used a variety of sources to calculate artist earnings including touring, recorded-music sales, publishing royalties and payments from an array of digital services.

Their calculations were based on each artist's net earnings in the United States, not gross revenue.

So sit back, and fantasise about the money you could be making if you were one of the top musicians in America.

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    Billboard Magazine has compiled a list of the musicians who earnt the most in the United States in 2011.

    Due to the concert business rebounding strongly thanks to an improving economy artists who were touring faired the best and touring income was the biggest source of income for these top earners.

    Billboard used a variety of sources to calculate artist earnings including touring, recorded-music sales, publishing royalties and payments from an array of digital services.

    Their calculations were based on each artist's net earnings in the United States, not gross revenue.

    So sit back, and fantasise about the money you could be making if you were one of the top musicians in America.

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    40. Linkin Park
    $5,190,655

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    39. Kanye West
    $5,363,661

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    38. Mötley Crüe
    $5,376,272

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    37. Steely Dan
    $5,389,509

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    36. New Kids On The Block
    $5,519,805

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    35. Justin Bieber
    $5,523,459

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    34. Sugarland
    $5,632,406

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    33. Backstreet Boys
    $5,712,050

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    32. Rush
    $5,819,304

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    31. Foo Fighters
    $6,013,257

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    30. Usher
    $6,292,586

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    29. Rod Stewart
    $6,388,756

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    28. Zac Brown Band
    $6,481,564

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    27. Keith Urban
    $6,579,695

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    26. Lady Antebellum
    $6,676,450

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    25. Paul McCartney
    $6,726,519

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    24. The Beatles
    $6,743,863

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    23. Enrique Iglesias
    $7,448,670

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    22. Rihanna
    $7,660,833

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    21. Brad Paisley
    $8,602,374

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    20. Michael Bublé
    $9,027,177

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    19. Tim McGraw
    $9,335,258

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    18. Rascal Flatts
    $9,639,270

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    17. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
    $10,017,031

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    16. Britney Spears
    $10,090,973

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    15. Toby Keith
    $10,413,127

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    14. Katy Perry
    $11,969,426

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    13. Elton John
    $11,973,990

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    12. Journey
    $12,313,822

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    11. "Glee" Cast
    $12,587,771

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    10. Adele
    $13,081,909

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    9. Jason Aldean
    $13,409,011

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    8. Celine Dion
    $14,261,515

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    7. Bon Jovi
    $15,835,856

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    6. Sade
    $16,382,809

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    5. Lil Wayne
    $23,178,722

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    4. Lady Gaga
    $25,353,039

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    3. Kenny Chesney
    $29,837,103

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    2. U2
    $32,116,315

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    1. Taylor Swift
    $35,719,902

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