Beyonce named highest earning artist of 2016

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Guns N' Roses and Bruce Springsteen were among the musicians who raked in the most dough previous year, according to Billboard's newly released list of the Top 50 Money Makers of 2016. Just to give you an idea of how thoroughly she killed the competition, she pulled in a little over $20 million more than the No. 2 act, Guns N Roses. Adele's tour in 2016 was the fourth-highest grossing, moving 2.2 million albums in the U.S. alone more than any artist alone- except Prince. Here are five of the biggest examples. Her album sales for her Grammy-winning project, Lemonade also did incredibly well, earning $4.3 million, followed by streaming and publishing.

As one of the newer acts on the list, Twenty One Pilots don't yet have quite the clout to command the same kind of stadium prices for their sets, pulling in a respectable-but-not-stratospheric $6.0 million in touring income.

The Hello singer netted the fourth-highest grossing tour of a year ago and sold more albums in America than anyone but Prince to rise four spots.

Also high on the list was Billy Joel, who was #11 with $23.6 million in earnings, much of that figure from his ongoing monthly residency at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

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Interestingly, Bowie, who died in January 2016, earned most of his money posthumously, from catalog sales and songwriting royalties.

Queen Bey, who gave birth to twins Rumi and Sir last month, earned a whopping 62.1 million dollars (Rs 400 crores, approximately) a year ago.

It should come as no surprise that Bowie didn't make a cent from touring in 2016, for obvious and tremendously sad reasons.

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