America’s top-earning musicians are mostly ‘heritage artists’

America’s top-earning musicians are mostly ‘heritage artists’

You rock ’n’ rollers is also getting older — nevertheless you’re nonetheless shelling out huge bucks in your favorite acts.

In reality, of America’s 50 top-earning musical artists closing yr, 29 are thought-about “heritage artists.”

That’s Billboard’s time interval for acts who’ve launched a minimal of 10 albums or been energetic for not lower than 20 years.

The commerce journal, which launched its “Money Makers” itemizing on Friday, designated U2 the best earner of 2017 primarily based totally on US stay efficiency grosses, plus royalties from house product sales, streaming and publishing.

The Irish band took in a whole of $54.4 million — $52 million of which received right here from its “Joshua Tree” 30th anniversary tour.

Touring proved the best earnings producer for practically all 50 acts, whose full earnings was $961 million for his or her house endeavors, representing a year-over-year enhance of 13 %.

Solely two artists made the itemizing with out hitting the road: Drake, No. 37, by gathering in all probability probably the most streaming royalties, $eight.6 million, and Taylor Swift, No. 48, by selling in all probability probably the most albums, $5 million.

There have been surprises. Metallica nailed the No. three spot, and, by fashion, rock continued to dominate, taking 24 of the Prime 50 spots versus 9 for pop, 9 for nation and eight for R&B/hip-hop.