Forbes magazine released its ranking of the top-earning musicians from June 2009 to June 2010 and though they determined that U2 reigned supreme with $130 million, thanks to its massive 360 tour, it was Beyonce (coming in at No. 3) who became the list’s highest-earning female.
Forbes said the star banked $87 million through major endorsement deals with Nintendo and L’Oreal, as well as her House of Dereon fashion line and world tour.
Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z came in at No. 6, earning $63 million from a variety of sources, including his stake in NBA team the New Jersey Nets, his 40/40 nightclub chain, “The Blueprint 3” album sales, and his investment in the Broadway musical, “Fela!”
As the newest artist to make the list, Lady Gaga landed at No. 7 with $62 million in strong album and single sales, Monster Ball tour revenue, and endorsement deals with brands like Polaroid and MAC Viva Glam.
Here are the 10 top-earning musicians of June 2009-2010, according to Forbes:
1) U2 ($130 million)
2) AC/DC ($114 million)
3) Beyoncé ($87 million)
4) Bruce Springsteen ($70 million)
5) Britney Spears ($64 million)
6) Jay-Z ($63 million)
7) Lady Gaga ($62 million)
8 ) Madonna ($58 million)
9) Kenny Chesney ($50 million)
10) Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and Toby Keith ($48 million)