U2, Bon Jovi Top Forbes Magazine’s 2011 List Of World’s Highest-Paid Musicians

Well — the whole Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark venture is shaping up to be a total disaster, but at least The Edge and Bono have something to smile about. Aging rock band U2 has topped Forbes’ annual list of the world’s highest-paid musicians. The “With or Without You” rockers earned $195 million between May 2010 through May 2011, thanks to the popularity of their record-breaking “360 World Tour.” The trek has grossed a jaw-dropping $700 million since going live in 2009.

Bon Jovi, Elton John, Lady Gaga, and Canadian crooner Michael Buble round out the Top 5 of this year’s Forbes ranking. Pop sensation Justin Bieber, 17, came in ninth on the list. He earned $53 million and is the youngest artist musician to receive a hat tip from Forbes this year. Paul McCartney (#6, $67 million), 68, is the oldest. There was a five-way tie for 18th place. Muse, AC/DC, Beyonce, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Tim McGraw all earned $35 million.

Here’s a Look at Forbes’ Top 25 Highest-Paid Musicians in the World:

1. U2 ($195 million)
2. Bon Jovi ($125 million)
3. Elton John ($100 million)
4. Lady Gaga ($90 million)
5. Michael Buble ($70 million)
6. Paul McCartney ($67 million)
7. Black Eyed Peas ($61 million)
8. Eagles ($60 million)
9. Justin Bieber ($53 million)
10. Dave Matthews Band ($51 million)
11. Toby Keith ($50 million)
12. Usher ($46 million)
13. Taylor Swift $45 million)
14. Katy Perry ($44 million)
15. Brad Paisley ($40 million)
16. Tom Petty & the Heartbreaks ($38 million)
17. Jay-Z ($38 million)
18. AC/DC ($35 million)
18. Sean “Diddy” Combs ($35 million)
18. Beyonce ($35 million)
18. Tim McGraw ($35 million)
18. Muse ($35 million)
23. Rascal Flatts ($34 million)
24. Kenny Chesney ($30 million)
25. Rihanna ($29 million)

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