Prince & Madonna The Years Top Money Makers

Contributed by StilettoSadist: Rolling Stone’s annual list of music’s top fifty earners has Prince in the peak position edging out Madonna with $56.5 million. Prince’s tour took in $90.3 million in ticket sales scoring the year’s second-highest-grossing tour and thanks to low production costs, his net take was larger than top grosser Madonna’s. Madonna came in right behind with $54.9 million. Despite playing only fifty-six concerts in 2004, Madonna hauled in more money on the road than any other artist. She also demanded and got ninety-five percent of her shows’ profits. Down at No. 37 is Britney Spears who made $13.8 million even though her tour was cut short from a knee injury. The list of the top 50 earning musicians at has since been removed.

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4 thoughts on “Prince & Madonna The Years Top Money Makers

  1. BadAss4Backstreet says:

    The albums pay only for themselves….the money made pays for producers, engineers, writers, song rights….stuff like that. If there’s any money left after everyone else has been paid, THEN the artist makes money. Unless, of course, you’re Shania Twain and you co-write and co-produce with your husband then you get your money and his too since his money is your money…. Touring is the ONLY way to make money in the biz.

    What kills me is that Madonna and Prince made that much money playing a few shows and charging out the wazzoo for tickets. Kenny Chesney brought in just under $30 million, came in 12 on the list, and charged less than $50 for his tickets. He played from March to September/October and played to over a million people in that time span, and yet still managed to bring in the big bucks. People should take cues from him…. It’s more about the art with him, and the figures prove it.

  2. popfan_23 says:

    This list is so misleading cause this are all international superstars and it is only measuring things done in the u.s., everyone on this list made more than this.

  3. FLOYDFAN101 says:

    Many bands produced their albums or co-produced. Also, the members of bands would write their own material. Examples like Queen, Pink Floyd, Rush, The Who(although Pete Townshend got extra as he wrote most of the songs), Supertramp and Styx produced most of their albums and had to split the producer royalty three or four or five ways. Some bands lose money from touring as they have to pay technicians, light crew, sound people and so forth. It is financially prohibited to tour these days in the age of eMptyTV where people see a video and they go off and buy the discs whereas most rock bands back in the old days had to rely on word of mouth and FM rock radio which played entire albums and not singles. Those were the days!

    Madonna is to steal the name of a great band, a SUPERTRAMP! Many of her shows didn’t sell out in the US due to her charging $300 to $500 a ticket for her greedy self. She toured because American Life BOMBED big time after she opened her mouth about Pres Bush over a now misguided move on his part. Madonna’s popularity in the southern part of the US sank faster than the Titanic. She tried to resuscitate sales with the Britney kiss but it failed. Stevie Nicks was right to call Britney and Madonna’s liplock, a disgrace and pathetic.

  4. disisme_2004 says:

    Nothing is wrong with classic rock people who live in the past and refuse to admit times have changed however I have a problem with. The guy only talks about classic groups and has a tendency of being rude towards other posters I’m so damn tired of that there of those people on here already without adding one to the mix that happens to hate everything current.

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