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Sade is a Top 10 music earner


Thursday, March 15, 2012
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53 year old Anglo-Nigerian singer, Sade, is among the top ten music money makers of 2011 according to Billboard’s just released 2012 Top 40 Money Makers List. Taylor Swift tops the list.

According Billboard, Sade grossed $16.4 million last year following the release of her album “The Ultimate Collection” that was followed by a worldwide tour which included the United States. Her North American tour was the first since 2001 and featured John Legend as the opening act in the 59 date tour.

The tour posted $45.7 million in revenue resulting in the group taking in $15.4 as their share. A DVD of the tour might be coming in the future according to Sophie Muller who was creative director of the tour.

The soft jazz veteran of more than 25 years was number six on the list behind only Taylor Swift, U2, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne. Her number six slotting also makes her the top British grossing musician of 2011. Her long musical career has seen her sell more than 50 million records worldwide making the shy Anglo-Nigerian the most succesful female British musician.

This is how the UK newspaper The Guardian quoted Brad Wavra, senior vice-president of touring at Live Nation, the world’s biggest show promoter, as saying of Sade “(she is a ) rare jewel. It feels like I’m working with Miles Davis, Elvis Presley and the Beatles all rolled into one.” Live Nation was the singer’s concert tour organizer.

Here is the Top 40 list according to Billboard:

1. Taylor Swift, $35,719,902

2. U2, $32,116,315

3. Kenny Chesney, $29,837,103

4. Lady Gaga, $25,353,039

5. Lil Wayne, $23,178,722

6. Sade, $16,382,809

7. Bon Jovi, $15,835,856

8. Celine Dion, $14,261,515

9. Jason Aldean, $13,409,011

10. Adele, $13,081,909

11.”Glee” Cast, $12,587,771

12. Journey, $12,313,822

13. elton John, $11,973,990

14. Katy Perry, $11,969,426

15. Toby Keith, $10,413,127

16. Britney Spear, $10,090,973

17. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, $10,017,031

18. Rascal Flatts, $9,639,270

19. Tim McGraw, $9,335,258

20. Michael BublГ©, $9,027,177

21. Brad Paisley, $8,602,374

22. Rihanna, $7,660,833

23. Enrique Iglesias, $7,448,670

24. The Beatles, $6,743,863

25. Paul McCartney, $6,726,519

26. Lady Antebellum, $6,676,450

27. Keith Urban, $6,579,695

28. Zac Brown Band, $6,481,564

29. Rod Stewart, $6,388,756

30. Usher, $6,292,586

31. Foo Fighters, $6,013,257

32. Rush, $5,819,304

33. Backstreet boys, $5,712,050

34. Sugarland, $5,632,406

35. Justin Bieber, $5,523,459

36. New Kids On The Block, $5,519,805

37. Steely Dan, $5,389,509

38. Mötley Crüe, $5,376,272

39. Kanye West, $5,363,661

40. Linkin Park, $5,190,655

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