Unsurprisingly, Madonna leads all other musicians when it comes to money. Now, Billboard’s list only takes into consideration the money an artist earns directly from their music (digital music sales, physical music sales, touring) and not an artist’s other projects (merchandising, clothing lines, perfume, etc). If this was taken into consideration, Madonna’s tally would be around $100 million, which is pretty normal for her during a touring year.
Interestingly, Billboard points out, that 93.5% of her music earning total comes from touring (as opposed to physical and digital sales). This is the case with most artists on the list (touring is where the money’s at).
One big exception is Adele. Ah, yes, Adele. Her two-year old album ’21′ is still finding new fans and has so-far sold a now unheard of 4 million physical units in the U.S. Billboard points out that Adele does this without any touring or any kind of promotion for that matter. Adele ranks #11 on the list. Bruce Springsteen is #2.
P.S.- Billboard made such a cheesy graphic of Madonna on a $100 bill, I just had to post it.
Jump in to see Madonna’s tally as well as a link to the entire top 40 list.
Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix are working together again. THR
Madonna is the top touring female artist of all-time. Billboard
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Write a confession for Candy Chang.
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Pasolini at MoMA. Cinespect
The Golden Globe nominations. Hitfix
Downton Abbey Season 3 trailer. WOW Report
Sade, Adele, and Madonna are top earning women in music. Forbes
Anne Hathaway would rather talk about Les Mis, not her vagina. D Listed
Grizzly Bear and Santigold played a private show at Bowery Ballroom. Brooklyn Vegan
The SAG nominations are full of surprises. The Wrap
Westvleteren XII, ’World’s Best Beer’ now available in the U.S. The Inquisitr
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Something about this ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ clip seems off to me. The Wrap
The Fashion Bitch Key Ring.
Kids as ‘Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids’. Buzzfeed
Tauba Auerbach’s RGB Colorspace Atlas. Colossal
Adele’s ’21′ passes the 10 million mark. Billboard
Ben Affleck is EW’s Entertainer of the Year. In Contention
Two high school boys are punished by being forced to hold hands. Towleroad
Christmas cookie recipe swap. Epicurious
MoMA selects 14 video games for inclusion into their permanent collection. Huffington Post
HALF-NAKED STAR WONDERS, ‘WHY DON’T THEY TALK ABOUT ADELE’S ASS?’
Lady Gaga is immensely talented. She has a great voice, writes a good pop song, and can play piano. She can dance. Kinda. Anyway, I’ve always felt she comes across much older than she is. She’s 26, but often carries herself and speaks like she’s 36. And I mean this is the most complementary way possible. Not in the Lindsay Lohan Red Bull and cigarettes kind of way.
It’s only when she whines that I’m reminded of her age. She often paints herself as the victim, and gets down in the mud to wallow. Why bother? She’s been pretty successful in her endeavors so far, no?
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In what appears to be a way to stave off any serious Adele-like vocal issues, last night Frank Ocean canceled his scheduled appearance at Sweden’s Way Out West Festival, his other upcoming European festival dates, and the shows he had scheduled to open for Coldplay during their European tour.
Frank issued a statement through the Way Out West Festival organizers that read:
“Let me start by saying I feel like an asshole right now, but a tough decision had to be made in regard to my schedule over the next few months. The casualties of that decision include my appearances at upcoming festivals in Europe and my opening slot on the European leg of the Coldplay world tour. Sorry as fuck, I’ll be back if you have me. (sic)”
No specific reason was given for the cancellations, but after only performing 4 songs at the Oya Festival in Oslo, the audience was told he was suffering from vocal problems. He also pulled out of his appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago as well as a recent show in Detroit.
This seems like a pretty common issue when a relatively new singer gets so popular so fast. Their voices can’t handle the meteoric rise. Hopefully Frank’s voice can get the rest that it needs.
A list of all affected dates is after the jump.