Bon Jovi top rock earning list

Bon Jovi are back at the top of one chart – Forbes Magazine’s highest earners chart for the year June 2012 to June 2013.

Jon Bon Jovi and co may be going through the wars with an unresolved feud sending guitarist Richie Sambora home from their Because We Can world tour, and drummer Tico Torres enduring two hospital dashes over the summer.

But that didn’t stop them bringing in $79m in the twelve-month period – less only than pop stars Madonna and Lady Gaga, who made $125m and $80m respectively. It’s a significant increase from last year’s figure, when Bon Jovi made $60m, putting them in overall sixth position. In 2011 they were second only to U2, bringing in $125m.

Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, last year’s top earner Roger Waters, Muse and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were all paid more than $40m, says the respected magazine. And although the Rolling Stones generated “just” $39m, they did it over just 19 shows.

Forbes summarises by saying: “The list underscores the importance of live performance in today’s music world,” adding that while it’s still true of rock acts, but it’s pointed out that rap stars like Diddy and Jay Z generate a large percentage of their income from merchandise deals, clothing ranges and so on.

Forbes’ list is assembled using all visible income streams including ticket sales, royalties, publishing and third-party deals but doesn’t include deductions such as management and agency fees. Only living artists are eligible.

Rock rich list 2012-13 (position in full industry list)

1 (3). Jon Bon Jovi $79m
2 (6). Bruce Springsteen $62m
3 (13). Paul McCartney $47m
4 (16). Roger Waters $44m
5 (17). Muse $43m
6 (21). Red Hot Chili Peppers $40m
7 (23). Rolling Stones $39m

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