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Billboard’s Top 50 Musical Moneymakers… Black artists not on top, neither are women

Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 7/23/2018, 1:09 p.m.
Despite ruling the charts for the most part, American Black...
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Despite ruling the charts for the most part, American Black music artists aren’t on top of Billboard’s list of top moneymakers. Leading the list the band U2 (with an estimated $54.4 million in take-home pay), followed by country’s staple Garth Brooks ($52.2 million). Then it’s rockers Metallica ($43.2 million). Finally, at No. 4 comes Bruno Mars (with $40.7 million). Pop favorite Ed Sheeran is No. 5 (with $31.3 million), the first female – Lady Gaga – enters the list at No. 6 (with $29.7 million). No. 7 is old schooler Billy Joel (with $29.2 million). At No. 8 is the group Guns n’ Roses (with $27.8 million) followed by Roger Waters (with $27.2 million). The rockers continue with Coldplay rounding out the top 10 (with $26.5 million). Where is Drake? Keep reading. At No. 11 is Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (with $23.4 million). The Weekend checks in close behind at No. 12 (with $23.3 million). Kendrick Lamar is No. 13 (with $21.7 million), and then Jay Z pops in at No. 18 (with $19.8 million). Drake doesn’t come in until No. 37 (with $12.1 million). That’s still an accomplishment, considering Drake did not tour last year. Of the 50, there are only seven women, including Lady Gaga, Celine Dion at No. 26 ($16.8 million), Britney Spears at No. 30 (with $14,1 million), Faith Hill at No. 36 (with $12.5 million), Ariana Grande at No. 42 (with $11.36 million), Janet Jackson at No. 43 (with $11.34 million) and Taylor Swift at No. 48 (with $9.3 million). Billboard’s annual Money Makers report – which ranks the earnings of the top 50 music acts based on their U.S. concert grosses and royalties generated from domestic sales, streaming and publishing in 2017 – reveals that the collective take home pay for these artists grew 12.9 percent to almost $961 million, up from $851 million for the previous year. Of the top 50, only eight are R&B/hip hop, while rockers took nearly half the list at 24. Seems urban artists need to cut better deals…