Top Moneymakers in Music 2010


Lil Wayne

The soon-to-be-incarcerated rap star will be missed by fans and promoters. In 2009 he had the highest-grossing hip-hop tour of the year -- and the most lucrative rap trek that Billboard has ever tracked, raking in $10.4 million.
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Tina Turner

The 71-year-old artist is still going strong, as evidenced by her Farewell European tour, which earned her $13 million. Turner also scored $116,700 in CD sales.
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Keith Urban

Keith Urban scored his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last April with his 2009 album, "Defying Gravity." The set sold 723,000 copies and helped him earn $1.4 million in CD sales. The artist's Escape Together world tour, which visited arenas in the United States, earned nearly $12 million.
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Brad Paisley

Established as a hitmaker and an album seller, Brad Paisley has consistently been improving his clout at the box office in the past several years. He's now an arena-level headliner, but Paisley's popularity is due to his songs. Country music isn't especially known for its strength at digital, but Paisley enjoyed close to 3 million track downloads.
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Celine Dion

Last year, Celine Dion's take came almost entirely from 23 North America dates on her Taking Chances tour. This is her third year in a row on the Money Makers list; she came in at No. 5 last time, thanks to her residency at Caesars Palace's Colosseum in Las Vegas and her worldwide touring.
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Kings Of Leon

In 2009, Kings of Leon finally broke through in America, selling more than 1.2 million units. KOL also taps into a digital-friendly audience, racking up more than 500,000 album sales and more than 5 million tracks in the format. And it's all about the upside with this band, as it continues to grow as a headliner, netting $9.9 million from touring.
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Steady sales of its holiday-themed albums during Christmastime aren't the only thing Trans-Siberian Orchestra relies on each year: The band consistently sells out arenas during the nine-week winter season with its over-the-top laser- and light-filled concerts. Last year, the Paul O'Neill-led group sold 815,000 albums and earned nearly $13 million in touring revenue.
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Billy Joel

Though he hasn't released an album of new material since "River of Dreams" in 1993, Billy Joel's catalog performed well on all fronts. But on the Joel spreadsheet, that's a drop in the bucket; the resonance of his songs, consistent road work and reputation as a top-shelf live performer during the past four decades continue to serve him best.
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Depeche Mode

While Depeche Mode's Tour of the Universe trek was briefly put on hold when frontman Dave Gahan fell ill, the group still took in $15.4 million for the world tour, according to Boxscore. The band's album "Sounds of the Universe" earned $300,000 in CD royalties.
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Taylor Swift

At an age when many of her peers are working for minimum wage, Taylor Swift is in the big leagues of earners. Her financial package is well-rounded, and she's one of the few on this list whose income wasn't driven mostly by touring -- her touring revenue accounted for less than half of her Money Makers total, and her CD royalties were topped only by Michael Jackson.
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