So you like to download music illegally? Pfft, who cares!?!?

While record companies are taking a 94% cut from record sales, bands are busy making the real money out on the road.

Case in point: U2, who earned more money this year touring than any other artist across the globe.

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According to Pollster, U2 grossed $231.9 million for the thirty-four shows they performed worldwide, narrowly beating (is close to $8 million a narrow margin when we talk about this much money?) British boy band Take That, who earned $224 million.

Never heard of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Take That[/lastfm]? Neither have I… it’s cool.

The Americans finally make it into the Top Ten at number three with Bon Jovi. The band grossed $148.8 million in 2011, which isn’t bad, considering their lead singer is dead.

Oh, wait… that didn’t really happen.

Anywho, check out Pollster’s complete list:

  1. 231.9 U2
  2. 224.0 Take That
  3. 148.8 Bon Jovi
  4. 104.2 Taylor Swift
  5. 103.6 Roger Waters
  6. 102.7 Elton John
  7. 90.0 Rihanna
  8. 84.6 Kenny Chesney
  9. 83.3 Sade
  10. 79.2 Paul McCartney
  11. 68.7 Britney Spears
  12. 67.8 Foo Fighters
  13. 67.6 Justin Bieber
  14. 63.7 Lady Gaga
  15. 63.5 André Rieu
  16. 59.5 Katy Perry
  17. 59.1 Usher
  18. 56.2 Kings Of Leon
  19. 53.5 Iron Maiden
  20. 53.2 Shakira
  21. 52.8 Kylie Minogue
  22. 49.7 Cirque du Soleil – “Alegria”
  23. 48.3 Kanye West / Jay-Z
  24. 45.9 Journey
  25. 45.6 Red Hot Chili Peppers

Typically buskers hustle on the streets to make a buck and earn a living, but with guys like Bono, who make millions touring, they find time to do it for charity.

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