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Billboard has just released its 40 Top 2013 Money Makers roundup, and a bit surprisingly, there were no African-American female performers on the annual list—and only two black artists total.
A majority of the artists on the list made most of their money via performances, with concerts making up 68.9 percent of revenue for the 40 artists on Billboard‘s list. “The entire top 10 averaged 84.2% of their income from concerts, and the number would have been higher, if not for Justin Bieber‘s mere 60.1% share at No. 10 dragging down the average,” notes the magazine. In fact, Billboard estimates the 2012 Money Makers earned $373 million from concerts after paying agents, managers, and expenses. This figure is up from $329 million in 2011 but down from $383 million in 2010.
Artists who made less than $1 million on the road tended to make more from recorded music. And streaming didn’t really pull in big bucks for musicians as a whole. According to Billboard, streaming revenue is really only small in percentage terms. “The acts on the Moneymakers list averaged nearly $80,000 in streaming revenue in 2012 — a relatively small figure compared with the tens of millions from touring, but decent considering it was nearly nonexistent just a few years ago,” explains Billboard. “Clearly, it’s the young, video-driven artists who take in the most from streaming. Drake, Bieber and Maroon 5 earned the highest amount in absolute dollars, while Phish and Andrea Bocelli earned the least.”
Money Makers on the list include:
-Madonna, who topped the 2012 list, in part because 93.5 percent of her total revenue came from concerts. In all she pulled in $34,577,308.62. Her blockbuster MDNA tour, kept Madonna at number one on the Money Makers list for a second time. According to Billboard, the 88-date MDNA was last year’s biggest tour ($305 million gross), and the number 10 top-grossing of all time. The tour earned the singer an estimated $32 million last year. And her MDNA album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, generated $1.5 million in physical and digital album sales for the artist.
-Bruce Springsteen raked in $33,443,606.64 to take the number two spot. In 2012, he released a critically acclaimed album and his catalog sales remained steady. Non-touring revenue — including digital downloads, streaming, physical CD sales and publishing royalties — totaled $2.4 million last year. Springsteen had sales of nearly 600,000 physical units in 2012, and he also enjoyed 1.6 million digital track downloads, more than any other artist on this chart that broke in the ’70s. Springsteen earned 92 percent of his revenue from live shows.
-Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters (number three) earned $21,160,131.06 and had the highest concert share on the list with 93.6 percent. His Wall Live Tour finished as the fifth-highest-grossing of all time, grossing $377,895,537 from 192 shows worldwide.
-Drake made $9,504,992.38 in 2012 and came in at number 24. His Club Paradise tour was one of hip-hop’s biggest live draws last year, earning him $9.5 million on the road. The CD Take Care, which was released in November 2011 but continued to sell well throughout 2012, contributed to 8.8 million digital track sales, earning Drake $1.6 million.
-Jay-Z had earnings totaling $7,011,905.17, to take the 34th spot. The magazine reports that Hova made about $1.1 million from digital and physical album sales in 2012. The bulk of his revenue ($4.7 million), however, came from Watch the Throne tour dates with Kanye West.
Yesterday we told you about Prince covering Billboard magazine and how the interview will go in depth about issues with ownership of music and material in the industry, something Prince has battled with for some time now. In an excerpt of that article, the author talks about the private singer creating his own creative lyric videos that he can feed to the people via his own website, and even via YouTube, a big step for the music legend, who is known for keeping his videos and most of his songs off of YouTube in general. I mean seriously, how many times have you found yourself all excited about watching a clip from Purple Rain or an early performance from Prince, only to find that the music had been completely muted? To usher himself into the Internet age on his own terms, Prince has created a new website, 20pr1nc3.com, and on it, has released the official lyric video for his new single, “Screwdriver.” The video is a bit more advanced than most lyrical clips, and you can even see the singer and his all-girl band getting down to the song, having a jam session. Big shout out to the hat he’s wearing, which is in the shape of a lion. Now THAT’S fashion.
The song in itself is a lot of fun. It’s definitely a funky new rock and roll sound that Prince has been working on, but in a way, it certainly reminds me of something that could have been a B-side to the Dirty Mind album, circa 1980. But anyway, it’s just nice to see him back at it putting out new music, because the man is still in his own lane, killing the game. Check out the lyric video below and let us know if you’re feeling it. Enjoy!
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Nothing Compares To Prince: Singer Covers Billboard Magazine With His Bountiful Fro And “The Fly” Sunglasses
With his blue velvet jacket on, gold silk shirt with just the right button job to show off some chest fur, his curly fro and fly-inspired sunglasses, isn’t Prince just the definition of rock star opulence? I mean, he does it up at all times just because he can, and can be seen practicing for performances in sparkling silver wedge heels, a hat shaped like a lion and flashy yellow pants (see the excerpt from his interview with the magazine). And by this time, we know that he’s the only guy who can adorn himself like this and still get comments about how alluring he is, even at the age of 54. He just rocks. Maybe that’s why he’s covering the newest issue of Billboard as he’s been announced as the upcoming recipient of the Billboard Icon Award. Just last year Stevie Wonder was given such an honor, and Prince will receive his during the televised awards ceremony on Sunday, May 19 (He’ll also reportedly perform during the show as he picks up the award).
In the newest issue of the magazine, Prince talks about his battle to have full ownership over his songs and work (and I think we’re all hoping he’ll touch on why he and YouTube don’t gel–seriously though, I can’t watch none of your videos!?), his three decades in music, and more as interviewer Gail Mitchell tries to navigate the world famous Paisley Park production studios, and the funk-tastic yet mysterious creature that is Prince. If you’d like to check out an excerpt of the issue, and even buy it, check out Billboard.com to get your Prince fix on. But until then, what do you think of his funky-fresh-dressed-to-impress cover?
It looks like Lil Wayne is drinking more than sizzurp these days as he has recently teamed up with the beverage brand Mountain Dew for a new promo campaign, dubbed DEWeezy, set to formally kick off at South by Southwest in Austin next week, reports Billboard.
The DEWeezy campaign will feature advertisements, public appearances and the creation of a skate park in Lil Wayne’s New Orleans hometown. This is great partnership to help rebuild New Orleans and aid Mountain Dew in their continued quest to influence pop culture. Read full story here..
(Black Enterprise) — Earlier this morning noted journalist and author Danyel Smith announced that she had taken on the role of Editor-in-Chief of Billboard magazine. “[On the move] excited!,” she tweeted. “Today is my first as editor of Billboard magazine.” This is not Smith’s first turn with the music industry trade publication or as EIC of a major magazine. In 1993 she served as R&B Editor for Billboard, and ran Vibe magazine from 1997-1999 and again from 2006-2009.