U2 Tops Forbes’ List Of 2018’s Highest-Earning Musicians As Joshua Tree Tour Grosses $316M

Forbes has unveiled “The World’s Highest-Paid Musicians of 2018,” and topping this year’s list is U2.

As Forbes reports, the veteran Irish band’s recently completed Joshua Tree Tour grossed $316 million, becoming not only the band’s most lucrative tour ever, but also the highest-grossing tour of 2018.

“I’ve never had that clichéd view of commerce and culture being different,” said U2 frontman Bono in a recent interview with the magazine. “I always remember Bjork saying to me that her songs, she feels, are like carpentry. Like her friends in Iceland, one of them designs a chair. Is that more beautiful or useful than a song? Well, it depends on the chair. Or the song.”

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Coldplay takes the second spot with earnings of $115.5 million in 2018, largely from the proceeds of its A Head Full Of Dreams Tour, which grossed more than $500 million during its two-year, five-continent run.
Ed Sheeran landed in third place, with 2018 earnings of $110 million, while Bruno Mars captured fourth place with $100 million in earnings for 2018. Rounding out the top five is Katy Perry, earning $83 million this year.

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Here is Forbes‘ complete list of the year’s 30 highest-earning musicians:

1. U2 ($118 million)

2. Coldplay ($115.5 million)

3. Ed Sheeran ($110 million)

4. Bruno Mars ($100 million)

5. Katy Perry ($83 million)

6. Taylor Swift ($80 million)

7. Jay-Z ($76.5 million)

8. Guns N’ Roses ($71 million)

9. Roger Waters ($68 million)

10. Diddy ($64 million)

11. Beyoncé ($60 million)

12. Kendrick Lamar ($58 million)

13. The Weeknd ($57 million)

14. The Eagles ($56 million)

15. Depeche Mode ($53 million)

16. Pink ($52 million, tie)

16. Luke Bryan ($52 million, tie)

18. Jimmy Buffett ($51 million)

19. Lady Gaga ($50 million)

20. Calvin Harris ($48 million)

21. Paul McCartney ($47.5 million)

22. Drake ($47 million, tie)

22. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million, tie)

22. Foo Fighters ($47 million, tie)

25. Elton John ($46 million, tie)

25. Metallica ($46 million, tie)

27. Garth Brooks ($45.5 million, tie)

27. The Chainsmokers ($45.5 million, tie)

29. Billy Joel ($43.5 million)

30. Rolling Stones ($39 million)

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