Many musicians do their job for because they're in love with music. But as we all know, it’s also about the money — sometimes very big money. Last week, Billboard magazine published its yearly roundup of the industry’s top earners in their “Music’s Top 40 Money Makers” list.
Rather than work our way down the list of very rich stars, we’ve decided to turn it into a bit of a game. Billboard Editor Joe Levy served as our quizmaster for the event, and we even gave him a buzzer and a bell. (With great responsibility comes great power.) Then we put some of our listeners to the test.
Wish you got a chance to play? Well, you’re in luck: take a peek at the questions below and follow along with the audio to see if you can beat our contestants!
1. The top three earners on the Money Makers list include: Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and Roger Waters. Can you put them in order?
2. While she put up respectable numbers in the recorded content realm, this artist cracked the Money Makers list on the strength of her live performances: $30 million from a mere eight shows, topped by a return to her hometown of Brooklyn at the new Barclays Center. Can you name her?
3. Known for their epic live shows, this band earned the overwhelming majority of their money in 2012 from touring. Multi-night runs across the US last summer helped them take home $7.2 million in sales.” Is it: The Rolling Stones, Phish, or Rush?
4. This artist is the most successful touring act in country music history. He’s built his arena, amphitheater, and stadium concerts into lifestyle events enjoyed by more than one million fans every year. Is it Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, or Toby Keith?
5. This Money Maker is an exception to our rule because they earned over 50% of their money from album sales. The UK boy band had two #1 albums on the Billboard 200 last year and sold more than two million physical CDs. Can you name them?