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GUNS N ROSES Were The 2nd Highest Paid Musicians Of 2016, But METALLICA Sold The Most Albums

If the list was just on record sales alone, Metallica would be #1

If the list was just on record sales alone, Metallica would be #1

Billboard compiled a list of the "Top 50 Money Makers of 2016" in music and there was certainly some metal and hard rock representation for the biggest money makers of last year.

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Most notably, Guns N' Roses are the second highest paid musicians of the year, behind pop star powerhouse Beyonce, bringing in a total of $42.3 million dollars on the year, most of it coming from their live tour (approximately $40 million) with the rest split over sales, streaming and publishing.

Most interestingly, while Metallica came in at #15 on the earners list, with $18.5 million total, the majority of their income came from actual record sales – a total of $11.5 million. In fact, if the list was just on record sales alone, Metallica would be #1, as even Beyonce's record sales only tally up to $4.5 million. Also, I'm assuming this was before Metallica announced their world tour, so surely they will be much higher in 2017.

Elsewhere, Trans-Siberian Orchestra made a whopping $16 million, mostly on live gigs coming in at #19.

AC/DC was at #21 with $15 million in earnings.  Black Sabbath came in at #29 with $12.4 million in earnings. And, Def Leppard were at #38 with $10.81 million.

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So, if you're ever feeling sorry for any of these bands, just know they have piles and piles of money to wipe their tears away. View the entire list here.

[via MetalSucks]

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