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Money Changes Everything Dept.: Which Artists Have Earned at Least a Billion from Touring?

Rolling Stones top the list. Photo via the Rolling Stones Facebook page.

A new report in Billboard lists artists who have earned at least a billion dollars from touring.

The list is of the 25 highest-grossing touring artists from 1990 through 2014. Here are the top five:

1. The Rolling Stones

Gross: $1,565,792,382

Attendance: 19,677,569

Shows: 538

2. U2

Gross: $1,514,979,793

Attendance: 20,536,168

Shows: 526

3. Bruce Springsteen

Gross: $1,196,116,507

Attendance: 15,010,773

Shows: 727

4. Madonna

Gross: $1,140,230,941

Attendance: 9,694,079

Shows: 382

5. Bon Jovi

Gross: $1,030,082,884

Attendance: 12,333,668

Shows: 578

Check out the whole list here.

In The News: Beck, X, Savages, Dylan, U2, Sky Ferreira, Prince & More

Sky Ferreira will perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on February 28, 2014.

Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld has a new EP and you can stream it right now.

U2 will perform “Ordinary Love” for the first time live at the Oscars on March 2, 2014.

Former X singer Exene Cervenka is holding a four-day garage sale that started today, getting rid of decades worth of cool stuff so she can relocate from L.A. to Austin, Texas. “I have eight guitars – nobody needs eight guitars!” she said. — Rolling Stone

Maggie Estep, an important figure in the early-’90s slam poetry movement died Wednesday, two days after suffering a heart attack. She was 50. — New York Times

Bob Dylan will perform two shows in Ireland this summer. He’ll be in Cork at Live at the Marquee on June 16, 2014, and then play in Dublin at the O2 on June 17, 2014. — The Independent

Beck will appear on “Saturday Night Live” as musical guest on March 1st, the Saturday following the release of his new album, Morning Phase.Rolling Stone

Savages will release an EP later this year that will include the track “Fuckers.” Singer Jehnny Beth told Australia’s Tripple J radio: “We’re going to release a song that we play live called ‘Fuckers’. We recorded it live from a show did in London last fall at The Forum. It’s going to be available on vinyl as well. We’re also be covering a Suicide track called ‘Dream Baby Dream’.”

Kitten’s new “Money” video features Chloe Chaidez in bed with Ariel Pink. I reminds me of Andy Warhol’s film, “Beauty No. 2” staring Edie Sedgwick.

“Beauty No. 2”:

Prince performing “Chaos and Disorder” in Shepherd’s Bush Empire on February 9, 2014:

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Big Bucks Dept.: Madonna Tops List of Highest-Paid Musicians of 2013

Lady Gaga banked $80 million.

Though the year is not quite over, Forbes has put together a list of the best-paid musicians of 2013 and the Material Girl tops the list, netting $125 million thanks mostly to her MDNA Tour, which grossed $305 million.

Lady Gaga comes in second, netting $80 million, mostly from touring, where she grossed $168 million.

There’s an overview piece at Forbes

Check out the rest of the list:

1. Madonna – $125 million
2. Lady Gaga – $80 million
3. Bon Jovi – $79 million
4. Toby Keith – $65 million
5. Coldplay – $64 million
6. Justin Bieber – $58 million
7. Taylor Swift – $55 million
8. Elton John – $54 million
9. Beyonce – $53 million
9. Kenny Chesney – $53 million
11. Diddy – $50 million
12. Paul McCartney – $47 million
13. Calvin Harris – $46 million
14. Jennifer Lopez – $45 million
15. Roger Waters – $44 million
16. Muse – $43 million
16. Rihanna – $43 million
18. Jay Z – $42 million
18. One Direction – $42 million
20. Dr. Dre – $40 million
20. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $40 million
22. The Rolling Stones – $39 million
22. Katy Perry – $39 million
24. Tim McGraw – $33 million
25. Pink – $32 million
25. Tiësto – $32 million

Barrett Strong Wants His ‘Money

New York Times photo by Fabrizio Costantini.
New York Times photo by Fabrizio Costantini.

Onetime Motown recording artist/songwriter Barrett Strong, 72, is at odds with Motown over the song “Money,” according to a recent story in the New York Times. Strong says he wrote the song, and he was originally listed as a writer, according to the United States Copyright Office in Washington. Motown says it was a mistake that Strong’s name was on the song, which rose to #2 on the Billboard rhythm and blues chart in 1960, and reached #23 on the pop charts that year. The Beatles and the Stones recorded versions of the song, and it’s generated millions in publishing royalties over the years. Strong’s name was removed from the song, three years after it was written, according to the Times.

This is a story worth reading if you care about the people who make the music.

Check it out here.