They Make HOW Much?

By Zigz | Thursday, May 29, 2014



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Metallica, AC/DC and Aerosmith have made a Billboard list of the 25 highest-grossing touring artists in the era from 1990 through 2014. Metallica ranked highest on the list of those three, coming in at Number 17. During that period, the band earned nearly $433 million from 468 shows, playing for almost 8.4 million people.

Aerosmith was right on Metallica's heels at Number 18, earning $418 million from 582 gigs in front of 8.4 million fans, while AC/DC made $338 million from 316 concerts for 5.4 million people to just make it onto the list at Number 25.

The top five acts on the list are the Rolling Stones, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Bon Jovi, all of whom made more than a billion dollars each.

Other acts that made the list include Elton John at Number Six, the Dave Matthews Band at Number Seven, theEagles at Number 10 and Billy Joel at Number 14.

Metallica previously made Billboard's "Top 25 Tours Of 2010" list, grossing $62 million from 33 shows between November 2009 and November 2010.

Meanwhile, Metallica's self-titled fifth album, a.k.a. "the black album," has become the first album to sell 16 million copies since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

The set, which came out in August 1991, sold another 2,533 units for the week ending May 25th, bringing its cumulative total to 16,001,741.

The "black album" surpassed Shania Twain's 1997 effort, Come On Over, in 2009 to become the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era.