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Billboard's Top Money Makers

15 July 2017

Billboard reports in its annual Top 50 Money Makers of 2016 list that Springsteen was the third-highest-paid musical act of 2016, collecting a cool $42.2 million between sales, streaming, publishing and touring.

In April of 2016, the entertainer released her successful album-and-film combo Lemonade which was swiftly followed by the Formation World Tour which hit stadiums across the globe, bringing in $161 million from the U.S. dates alone. Just to give you an idea of how thoroughly she killed the competition, she pulled in a little over $20 million more than the No. 2 act, Guns N Roses.

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However, there are a handful of exceptions: Artists among our top earners whose recorded catalogs remains almost as great an income generator as their live show - and in some especially rare cases, even greater. Her album sales for her Grammy-winning project, Lemonade also did incredibly well, earning $4.3 million, followed by streaming and publishing. The majority of that figure comes from streaming sales, at $18.1 million.

An enormous concert tour celebrating "The River," a commemorative box set of the 1980 album and his New York Times best-selling "Born to Run" autobiography were all hefty paydays for The Boss past year, but just how much did Springsteen earn in 2016? His Summer Sixteen tour, which also featured Future, did pretty well with $13.6 million. To Self Destruct, and the band owning their own masters.

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It should come as no surprise that Bowie didn't make a cent from touring in 2016, for obvious and tremendously sad reasons.

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Billboard's Top Money Makers