Billboard - Music's Top 40 Money Makers of 2013

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Billboard has released their list of Music’s Top 40 Money Makers of 2013. Here’s how our reality show grads/judges fared on the list.  Plus, a rundown of the Top 10.  Via Billboard.com

Now a bonafiide arena act, it’s no surprise that Carrie Underwood ranked the highest.

16. Carrie Underwood – $11,942,965.65 – Now a bona fide arena-level headliner, Underwood’s career is clicking on all cylinders, topping 1 million in physical units and nearly 400,000 digital album sales and 5.5 million digital downloads. (She’s just behind Taylor Swift, who is at 15)

30. One Direction – $7,955,840.71 – With two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 last year, U.K. boy band One Direction earned most of its revenue from album sales. More than 2 million physical albums sold earned the group $3.8 million.

33. Maroon 5 – $7,159,923.53 – Behind Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 sold the most digital tracks of 2012, with 13.3 million, earning the band $2.4 million. In addition to hitting No. 2 on the Billboard 200, Maroon 5′s 2012 album, Overexposed, was its first release to generate three top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

40. Blake Shelton – $5,914,591.11 – Shelton has certainly benefited from the visibility he’s received as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice.” The country star spent much of last year touring, which earned him $3.1 million. The release of his 2012 holiday album, Cheers, It’s Christmas, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, also added to his $2.2 million in revenue from album sales.

Here’s the Top 10 Money Makers - The Top 4 are legacy acts who made a ton of dough touring.!

1. Madonna – $34,544,308.62 – Thanks to the material girl’s MDNA tour.
2.  Bruce Springsteen – $33,443,606.64 – TOURING
3. Roger Waters – $21,160,131.06 -Thanks, touring!
4. Van Halen – $20,184,709.91 – That TOUR
5. Kenny Chesney – $19,148,525.24 –  The most successful touring act in country music history
6. Dave Matthews Band – $18, 903, 334.14 – Phillip Phillips daddy makes consistent megabucks from touring.
7. Tim McGraw –  $18,329,167.89 – He toured with no. 5, Kenny Chesney
8. Jason Aldean – $17,578,651.96 – 73% of his revenue comes from touring
9.  Coldplay – $17,300,144.34 – They had a successful world tour on the heels of a popular album and singles.
10. Justin Bieber – $15,944,293.10 – His “Believe” tour did very well

 

 

Here is the methodology Billboard use to compile the numbers, because I know you’ll be asking about that!The data used to compile Moneymakers was supplied by Nielsen SoundScan, Nielsen BDS, YouTube and Billboard Boxscore. Artists are ranked by U.S. earnings, and Billboard calculated a variety of income streams, including touring, recorded-music sales, publishing royalties and revenue from an array of digital music and video services for downloads, as well as on-demand and noninteractive streaming. Due to a lack of sufficient data, our figures don’t include revenue from sponsorships, merchandise sales or synchronization data.

For album and track sales, we assumed a royalty rate of 20% of retail, minus producers’ fees. We treated all streaming revenue as derived from a licensing deal and thus split that revenue in half to calculate the artist’s take. We also applied corresponding statutory mechanical rates for album and track sales and the Copyright Royalty Board-approved formulas or rates used for the various streaming channels, and further estimated the share of songs written by the artists. For all artist revenue, we subtracted a manager’s fee of 10%. For box office, we credited each artist with 34% of gross receipts, typically what’s left after the promoter’s fee, the artist manager’s cut and other costs are subtracted.

  • standtotheright

    “And that, Forbes magazine, is what we at Billboard like to call a ‘methodology.’” [mic drop]

  • Anny_nanny

    “6. Dave Matthews Band – $18, 903, 334.14 – Phillip Phillips daddy makes consistent megabucks from touring.”

    This is what began to speak at once began comparison PP and DM in the past year – DMB is 20 years and they are still among the most successful concert tour in the US. If Phillip follow them in the tracks, he dissolved in a crowd of imitators, if he’ll find his way, he could be quite successful singer and musician. Perhaps he will not MEGA-successful, but it is a relatively stable market and Phillip likes to performance. Not necessarily be on the cover of all the magazines, bright glory in the empty space of the transient.
    And he is still young, but he could not become from the first album “imitator” DM and I like it.

    The good news for Carrie, I’m glad to see her in the list.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Isn’t the numbers from Forbes from May 2011-May 2012. Billboard says their numbers are from the past 12 months which would be Jan 2012-Jan 2013. Completely different time period. I do think Billboard is more in-depth on how they come up with their numbers though.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “For box office, we credited each artist with 34% of gross receipts, typically what’s left after the promoter’s fee, the artist manager’s cut and other costs are subtracted.”

    I know that this is an estimate, but it’s interesting to get a number (34%) on the proportion of ticket receipts that artists earn, after expenses. I imagine that the IRS takes a big chunk of these income estimates for these artists. 

  • JD

    But do these numbers reflect what the person actually cleared?  Music sales arent what they used to be when you can get any song or album for free with a couple of clicks

  • 1rollbounce2

    buncha wgwgs minus madonna

  • TheOther

    So with all this flack against WGWGs, it looks like they are the ones raking in the $ when it comes to touring.

    Interesting - DBM at #6 with $18.9M :)

  • http://twitter.com/ItsMyT1me Lori

    Right?! This has been my argument against the dreaded WGWG label all along. Just because RCA f**ked up a bunch of WGWG’s careers doesn’t mean being a WGWG in the music industry is a bad thing Idol! *steps down from soapbox* ;)

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Wow, share some of that dough Madonna. Sheesh!

  • Karen C

    So with all this flack against WGWGs, it looks like they are the ones raking in the $ when it comes to touring.

    That’s how it’s always been.   Van Halen didn’t have a big pop hit until Jump came out in 1984, even though they had been touring for years. 

    It also seems to me that rock artists have more longevity in the industry than most pop artists.   Madonna is probably one of the exceptions.

  • Karen C

    Just because RCA f**ked up a bunch of WGWG’s careers doesn’t mean being a WGWG in the music industry is a bad thing Idol! *steps down from soapbox* ;)

    Exactly !!!  The problem is not letting them develop as unique artists, which they all were, instead of a homogenized pop star like so many are today.

  • windmills

    standtotheright: “And that, Forbes magazine, is what we at Billboard like to call a ‘methodology.’” [mic drop]

    Ha! ITA, there’s more effort by Billboard to present a reasonable estimate, and we at least know what they did and didn’t include. Too, they’re not rewarding acts whose publicists cooperate with them like Forbes.

    That being said, there are still omissions. Kelly’s concert promoters don’t seem to have reported the lion’s share of her 2012 box scores to Billboard. Pollstar put her 2012 solo concert grosses at $7.4 million total, which would have contributed $2.5 million to Billboard’s estimate plus there was her tour with The Fray that Pollstar said grossed $5.8 million. Even if you credit Kelly with only 50% of that, that’s close to another million. That would put her touring gross in front of Blake’s. I’m sure she sold a lot more downloads than he did, and I’d guess their 2012 album sales were comparable. So I think Kelly would’ve made this list if her promoters had reported her regular tour box scores to Billboard. This isn’t Billboard’s fault but I’m saying I doubt Kelly was the only one in this position.

    Another omission, and it’s more because of Billboard sticking to music-related revenue, is all the money Blake makes from The Voice. For s3 he got $6 million, which according to The Wrap is roughly double what he got for s2. So, that would be around $9 million from The Voice alone, minus what goes to Kelly’s fiance ;) 

    I wish they’d told us how much they were estimating Carrie made from touring, because that would’ve given us a better idea of whether they were using the Billboard tracking year (which ended in November and therefore wouldn’t include the full 1st leg of the Blown Away tour) or the 2012 calendar year. Not that it really matters but it would give us a little more precision.

  • MellyPer1692

    I don’t get the “not letting them develop as unique artists” stuff. Four out of the last five WGWG wrote the majority of their albums, with only Scotty not doing so and his album reflects him too. I think the labels get too much of the blame, when the artist has to take responsibility too. The only one who seemed a bit out of his natural genre was Lee, tbh. Kris and Cook seemed to have been in their wheelhouse considering the songs they’ve written subsequent to label departure.

  • MellyPer1692

    Eh, the WGWG guys on that list are either country artists or artists whose careers were established years ago.

    I’m surprised Gaga isn’t on the list considering her nonstop touring.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    It looks like Billboard only included music sales and concerts in the US. They also didn’t include endorsements or private events of any kind. That’s why Gaga isn’t on the list and so many country artists are on the list.

    If BB had included worldwide music sales and concerts outside of the US, the list would look very different.

  • Karen C

    Making someone write with cowriters  that they don’t feel represented them, releasing songs that didn’t really represent the album, and not promoting the album properlyin the proper genre is not my idea of developing an artist. 

  • shell29

    Agreed. I don’t think RCA has been unfairly criticized regarding how they’ve handled some of the WGWG winners lately. They didn’t do much for Lee and barely put any effort promoting Kris or Cook’s sophomore albums. I don’t believe the poor album sales are necessarily a reflection of the quality of the albums or the music. I still believe if more “ears” had the opportunity to be exposed to them, the album sales would have been much better.

  • Karen C

    I still believe if more “ears” had the opportunity to be exposed to them, the album sales would have been much better.

    And part of getting more ears to listen to the albums is to promote them in the right genre who would like the type of music on the albums.    That is where I think Interscope is doing a better job, in establishing both Scotty and Phillip in their genres.

    As far as Cook, Lee, and Kris, if they get established as indie artists they can still have long careers.   DMB is a good example, because I think they haven’t  had that many pop hits, but have been touring at that level for 20 yrs.

  • Karen C

    It looks like Billboard only included music sales and concerts in the US. They also didn’t include endorsements or private events of any kind. That’s why Gaga isn’t on the list and so many country artists are on the list.

    If the list of music sales and concerts is that different in the US than it is in the rest of the world, it really shows why the outcomes of the music competition shows are so different in the US.  This list shows there is a strong audience for country and rock in the US, and I believe that is the real reason we are seeing similar winners in the US versions of the shows.