Wednesday, February 09, 2005

PAID IN FULL: Prince earned his body weight in gold (probably) and then a couple of Tina Turners and a Paul Simon on top - the little chap was top earner in 2004, making about thirty million quid from his various endeavours. Madonna made just under thirty million - although it's not known if that includes cash from the israeli tourism advert, earnings from selling string to the credulous, or deductions for tithing to a cult.

The top ten earners in full (pockets), according to Rolling Stone, were:
1. Prince
2. Madonna
3. Metallica (above)
4. Elton John
5. Jimmy Buffett
6. Rod Stewart
7. Shania Twain
8. Phil Collins
9. Linkin Park
10. Simon and Garfunkel

That top ten between them made at least a fifth of a billion pounds. Remember that the next time you're told the music industry is on its uppers.

50 Cent earned thirteen million quid, making him the rap act with biggest payday.

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