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These Five Artists Have Made Over a Billion Dollars Touring

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    According to a new report from Billboard, there are five acts that have made over a billion dollars off touring since 1990.Those five are hardly surprising, as they are the usual suspects found on most “highest-grossing tours” lists. But here they are, in order: The Rolling Stones, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and Bon Jovi.

    Because this list is tallying since 1990, hardly any newer acts made the cut. In fact, Coldplay, who released their debut album in 2000, are technically the “newest” act on the list, an astounding feat considering fellow “new” marquee acts like Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Beyonce, and Maroon 5 are notably absent. In a list full of legacy acts like The Eagles, Cher, and Rod Stewart, it’s a testament Coldplay’s meteoric rise. Billboard also points out that, “among the top 10 earners since 1990, the average age of vocalists – upon whom touring takes the hardest toll – is 56-and-a-half, and not one is younger than 46.”

    Other surprising details include the fact that Celine Dion has played 1,143 shows, 416 more than noted workhorse Bruce Springsteen, who played 727. Out of the top 25, Paul McCartney performed the least amount, grossing over $505,534,809 from 220 concerts.

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    Check out the full list below, which was compiled by Billboard Boxscore (via Billboard).

    Highest Grossing Live Acts From 1990-2014

    01. The Rolling Stones
    Gross: $1,565,792,382
    Attendance: 19,677,569
    Shows: 538

    02. U2
    Gross: $1,514,979,793
    Attendance: 20,536,168
    Shows: 526

    03. Bruce Springsteen
    Gross: $1,196,116,507
    Attendance: 15,010,773
    Shows: 727

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    04. Madonna
    Gross: $1,140,230,941
    Attendance: 9,694,079
    Shows: 382

    05. Bon Jovi
    Gross: $1,030,082,884
    Attendance: 12,333,668
    Shows: 578

    06. Elton John*
    Gross: $786,791,043
    Attendance: 12,164,513
    Shows: 956

    07. Dave Matthews Band
    Gross: $776,969,736
    Attendance: 17,823,077
    Shows: 992

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    08. Celine Dion
    Gross: $737,573,927
    Attendance: 6,546,109
    Shows: 1,143

    09. Kenny Chesney
    Gross: $752,706,599
    Attendance: 12,681,629
    Shows: 755

    10. The Eagles
    Gross: $702,110,908
    Attendance: 7,720,760
    Shows: 484

    11. The Police/Sting
    Gross: $556,114,962
    Attendance: 7,257,611
    Shows: 605

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    12. Roger Waters
    Gross: $547,305,412
    Attendance: 5,474,759
    Shows: 316

    13. Paul McCartney
    Gross: $505,534,809
    Attendance: 5,248,175
    Shows: 220

    14. Billy Joel*
    Gross: $499,978,726
    Attendance: 10,408,169
    Shows: 577

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    15. Rod Stewart
    Gross: $497,033,399
    Attendance: 7,885,676
    Shows: 714

    16. Neil Diamond
    Gross: $465,448,371
    Attendance: 8,870,666
    Shows: 643

    17. Metallica
    Gross: $432,816,245
    Attendance: 8,388,374
    Shows: 468

    18. Aerosmith
    Gross: $417,573,638
    Attendance: 8,405,069
    Shows: 582

    19. George Strait
    Gross: $405,034,063
    Attendance: 9,736,580
    Shows: 584

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    20. Jimmy Buffett
    Gross: $402,756,057
    Attendance: 9,746,471
    Shows: 539

    21. Coldplay
    Gross: $378,359,252
    Attendance: 5,394,616
    Shows: 315

    22. Toby Keith
    Gross: $361,256,245
    Attendance: 8,608,696
    Shows: 711

    23. Cher
    Gross: $351,625,611
    Attendance: 4,531,739
    Shows: 548

    24. Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks
    Gross: $349,906,931
    Attendance: 4,906,995
    Shows: 483

    25. AC/DC
    Gross: $337,879,092
    Attendance: 5,387,353
    Shows: 316

    *Includes co-headlining tours

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