Bon Jovi Top Billboard Rock Rich List Again

Once again, meet the richest musician of the year.

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Bon Jovi have once again topped Billboard's rock rich list of annual earnings, raking in an estimated total of $29,436,801 in 2013.

As Classic Rock reports, the band have topped the cash chart for three of the previous six years, and have never been far from the summit. Their return to the head of the list comes despite the absence of guitarist Richie Sambora following a dispute with frontman Jon Bon Jovi.

Billboard, who compile their chart based on available figures from US music and ticket sales, say: "It's no surprise Bon Jovi's immensely popular stable of songs continues to drive strong digital track sales, with more than 1.5m downloads producing nearly $300, 000 in royalties. Streaming royalties are also catching up, approaching $150, 000.

"But this is a touring band - road-warrior revenue streams include robust merch sales, likely in the eight-figure range. Fans have spent an estimated $2m per year in online merch purchases."

Pop star Taylor Swift was overall best earner last year, bringing in $39.7m. She was followed by Kenny Chesney ($33m) and Justin Timberlake ($31.5m).

Further down the top 40, the Rolling Stones netted $26.2m and Fleetwood Mac pulled in $19.1m.

Billboard's rock rich list 2013

1 (4). Bon Jovi: $29.4m
2 (5). Rolling Stones: $26.2m
3 (10). Fleetwood Mac: $19.1m
4 (19). Dave Matthews Band: $13.9m
5 (21). Paul McCartney: $13.8m
6 (22). Eagles: $13m
7 (24). Trans-Siberian Orchestra: $12.5m8 (31). Imagine Dragons: $9.4m9 (35). Rush: $9.1m

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    Its great that a "fringe" band like Rush ( who wrote stuff like 2112) and who dont rely on haircuts, botox and six-packs can get into a rich list. I suspect that is largely down to the fact that 20/30 years ago the media was more open to creative musicians than nowadays when its more narrowly focused by the few conglomerates that control it (excepting the internet - but the big money comes through mainstream media deals) and they seem to be obsessed by image or style over substance.
    It is true what the Buggles sang about"Video Killed The Radio Star" I agree 100% with you. Music became more of a fashion than a passion after videos to a lot of youth. No attention is payed to great upcoming bands like Witchcraft, Graveyard, Ghost, Or Crobot.But hey, I know about them, and now you do. LOL
    I guarantee you the top 5 are only there because they bankrupt their fans with their ticket prices....