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Madonna : Hard Candy

Madonna Is Loaded, Filthyrich (MILF)

By Paul Cashmere
Fri, 13 Feb 2009 04:56:19 +1100

Madonna is officially a MILF, and by that we mean Madonna is loaded and filthyrich, not what your dirty mind was thinking.

The material girl pocketed a grubby $242,176,466 last year making her the biggest moneymaker of 2008, according to Billboard.

Madonna’s enormous payday was made up of a $120 million advance she received from Live Nation for a 10-year deal. Therefore, amortising that over that time would change the ranking somewhat and push her down to number three behind Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.

By including the advance as part of last years tally, Madonna should show a nil income for 2009, as the advance will soak up any money from 2009.

The revenue figures for music artists are now showing that the money is in the ticket, not the album. Look at position 17. Journey made $44 million last year and sold 588,000 albums.

Top 20 Moneymakers in Music according to Billboard are:

1. Madonna: $242,176,466
2. Bon Jovi: $157,177,766
3. Bruce Springsteen: $156,327,964
4. The Police: $109,976,894
5. Celine Dion: $99,171,237
6. Kenny Chesney: $90,823,990
7. Neil Diamond: $82,174,000
8. Rascall Flatts: $63,522,160
9. Jonas Brothers: $62,638,814
10. Coldplay: $62,175,555
11. The Eagles: $61,132,213
12. Lil Wayne: $57,441,334
13. AC/DC: $56,505,296
14. Michael Buble: $50,257,364
15. Miley Cyrus: $48,920,806
16. Taylor Swift: $45,588,730
17. Journey: $44,787,328
18. Billy Joel: $44,581,010
19. Mary J. Blige: $43,472,850
20. Kanye West: $42,552,402
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