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Billboard editors used proprietary data from the Boxscore archives for U.S. concert grosses. We used SoundScan for sales of physical and digital albums and digital tracks. Data from Nielsen BDS provided information on tethered music downloads, on-demand music streams and noninteractive streaming at Myspace, Rhapsody, Napster, AOL, Yahoo, Slacker, MediaNet, Guvera and Thumbplay. Also included in our calculations were Vevo video plays, as well as video data compiled by online tracking service TubeMogul for Myspace, YouTube, Metacafe, Dailymotion and other video-hosting sites.

Corresponding mechanical rates and estimates were applied for each of the aforementioned categories. In calculating an artist's share of revenue from recorded-music sales, we assumed a royalty rate of 20%, minus producer fees. Artists received 100% credit for the sale of a title or concert Boxscore if credited as the lead artist and 50% credit if they shared equal billing with another artist. An example is the James Taylor/Carole King shows: We split the gross in two and calculated from there. We credited each artist with 34% of gross tour receipts (what's typically left after the promoter's fee, the artist manager's fee and other costs are subtracted).

An artist's take of revenue from on-demand streams was calculated based on the average wholesale rate paid to labels. Revenue from noninteractive streams was based on SoundExchange's rate settlement with webcasters. An artist's share of revenue from tethered downloads was calculated on the number of plays. In instances where the artist is a songwriter, Billboard estimated the share of songs written by that artist.

CD mechanical royalties for artist/songwriters were calculated by assuming the standard royalty rates. For digital album and track downloads, we used the current statutory rates, assuming 12 tracks per album. We also subtracted a 10% manager's fee for each revenue category.

What our figures don't include: revenue from merchandise sales, sponsorships, synchronization deals, international tour dates, songwriter performance royalties from terrestrial radio play, DVDs and ringtones. Why? There just isn't enough of that kind of data available across the whole board.

The data used in this report was compiled and calculated by Billboard senior correspondent Ed Christman, research manager Gordon Murray, senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples and Boxscore chart manager Bob Allen. All song and album sales numbers mentioned are according to Neilsen SoundScan unless otherwise noted.


40
Rihanna
$4,473,304

39
Sugarland
$4,478,705


38
Alicia Keys
$4,693,696


37
Michael Jackson
$4,766,283


36
Susan Boyle
$4,770,339


35
Daughtry
$4,852,769


34
Muse
$5,812,629


33
Elton John
$7,160,887


32
Reba McEntire
$7,199,374


31
George Strait
$7,361,898


30
Nickelback
$8,542,208


29
Brooks & Dunn
$8,698,351


28
“Glee” Cast
$8,830,710


27
Rush
$8,990,258


26
James Taylor
$8,995,614


25
Carole King
$9,131,527


24
Lady Antebellum
$9,161,199


23
John Mayer
$9,275,991


22
Cher
$9,613,175


21
Toby Keith
$9,872,996


20
Eric Clapton
$10,230,660


19
Phish
$10,520,240


18
Eminem
$11,211,140


17
Jay-Z
$11,636,462


16
Rascal Flatts
$11,958,021


15
Usher
$13,249,179


14
Tim McGraw
$13,494,734


13
Carrie Underwood
$13,501,387


12
Brad Paisley
$13,955,990


11
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
$13,997,727


10
Paul McCartney
$14,180,842


9
The Black Eyed Peas
$16,823,576


8
Eagles
$18,304,214


7
Michael Bublé
$19,813,232


6
Taylor Swift
$20,730,431


5
Justin Bieber
$22,492,565


4
Dave Matthews Band
$23,942,353


3
Roger Waters
$24,489,675


2
Bon Jovi
$30,441,776


1
Lady Gaga
$30,556,342


Source(Billboard)


Eric 'slowhand' Clapton (20th in the list) earns 57154 times the average tunecore artist.