Rolling Stones Top the List of 25 Highest-Grossing Artists Since 1990

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The most long-lived British rock band, the Rolling Stones, topped the Billboard Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990 list for highest-grossing touring artists.

According to the Billboard magazine, they grossed USD 1.5 B from tours, since 1990. 
Also cracking the USD 1 B mark, and accompanying the Stones in the top five,  are other veterans of the international touring circuit: U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Bon Jovi.

U2 take out the number one spot for attendance, with 20.5 M people lining up to see 526 shows since 1990, followed closely by the Stones, who have notched up 19.6 M attendees across 538 shows.

The list proves that age is no barrier to success, with the average age of vocalists in the top 10 sitting at 56 years. More than half of the 25 acts feature artists who are over 60.

Also revealing is the fact that the list features only four acts who have released their debut albums since 1990: Dave Matthews Band (1993), Toby Keith (1993), Kenny Chesney (1994) and Coldplay (2000).

Top 10 live artists since 1990

1. The Rolling Stones
Gross: USD 1,565,792,382
Attendance: 19,677,569
Shows: 538

2. U2
Gross: USD 1,514,979,793
Attendance: 20,536,168
Shows: 526

3. Bruce Springsteen
Gross: USD 1,196,116,507
Attendance: 15,010,773
Shows: 727

4. Madonna
Gross: USD 1,140,230,941
Attendance: 9,694,079
Shows: 382

5. Bon Jovi
Gross: USD 1,030,082,884
Attendance: 12,333,668
Shows: 578

6. Elton John
Gross: USD 786,791,043
Attendance: 12,164,513
Shows: 956

7. Dave Matthews Band
Gross: USD 776,969,736
Attendance: 17,823,077
Shows: 992

8. Celine Dion
Gross: USD 737,573,927
Attendance: 6,546,109
Shows: 1,143

9. Kenny Chesney
Gross: USD 752,706,599
Attendance: 12,681,629
Shows: 755

10. The Eagles
Gross: USD 702,110,908
Attendance: 7,720,760
Shows: 484

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John Hocking - 30 May 2014 // 14:53:48

Mr. Zhelyazkov,

I'm not sure if you object to the success of these musicians, or to the fact that has published an article about their success.

If the latter, do you prefer that novinite's readers remain ignorant of anything that runs counter to your world view? Or if the former, do you see the hypocrisy of condemning their success, while envying the wealth (and good looks) of Philip Kirkorov.

Aren't you painting with a broad brush when you are assert that all western music is immoral and decadent in light of the fact that Mr. Kirkovov's biggest hits have been covers of songs written and performed by western artists?

I also wonder why you include a URL of a gay news site that displays naked pictures of Phillip Kirkovov? I have no problem with his, or anyone's sexual orientation, but I'm not sure what's to be gained by seeing him naked, or is this necessary to appreciate your envy more fully.

I am happy that you live in what you call a "Slavic utopia of brotherly obedience with Russia." Obviously, there are many views on the nature of utopia, but few of them include obedience to the authority of another county. Correct me if I'm wrong, but your "utopia of brotherly obedience" phrase, sounds a lot more like a cliche' than a real place.

Finally, have you ever heard of the Beatles. They were a western group in the 1960s and their music, although illegal at the time, was extremely popular in Russia then, and remains so today.. One of their members is named Paul McCartney. He is worth an estimated one billion euros. Is he included in your condemnation of all western music, or do you make an exception for him since to do otherwise would break your vow of obedience to your Russian brothers? (And that's a bit sexist isn't it? Do you not recognize your Russian sisters?)

George Zhelyazkov - 29 May 2014 // 00:00:30

Listen Novinite, stop posting nonsense about how successful Western artists like U2 and the Rolling Stones are when they are nothing but capitalist machines that are going down the drain along with the debt infested West.

Emerging market artists are where the growth will be. International stars like Philip Kirkorov, Kurricome Miarse and Lik Mi Pusi, that's where the growth will be and where the money streams will be. I keep posters of Philip in my study room and sometimes wish I could be as handsome and rich as he is.

Go for the emerging markets Bulgarians instead of listening to the decadent Western music that only brings moral decay and enslaves us and is not in tune with our Slavic utopia of brotherly obedience with Russia.

Go Emerging Markets!




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