Top Earners U2 Brought in $109M in 2009

Bruce Springsteen finishes 2nd to Irish superstars, and it's not even close
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2010 4:20 PM CST

The news that U2 was the top moneymaker in music in 2009 is no surprise, but what may come as a bit of a shock is the gap between No. 1 and No. 2. The Irish rockers brought in $108.6 million lat year, nearly twice as much as runner-up Bruce Springsteen's $57.5 million. Extending the greatest hits of the '80s theme, the next two acts in the Billboard rankings are Madonna and AC/DC, with Britney Spears somewhat unexpectedly rounding out the top 5.

The rest of the top 10:

  1. Pink
  2. Jonas Brothers
  3. Coldplay
  4. Kenny Chesney
  5. Metallica
To see the complete top 40, click here.
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