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Old 9th Feb 2005, 22:06   #1
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Default Top Ten Music Earners in 2004

Rolling Stone magazine has published a list of the top ten highest earning music artists in 2004.

1. Prince
2. Madonna
3. Metallica
4. Elton John
5. Jimmy Buffett
6. Rod Stewart
7. Shania Twain
8. Phil Collins
9. Linkin Park
10. Simon and Garfunkel

The astonishing thing is how many of them could have been on the list ten or even twenty years ago - all of them, with the exceptions of Linkin Park and Shania Twain. Just goes to show how important a fat back catalogue, oodles of compilations and endless greatest hits tours are. But just one question: who the hell is Jimmy Buffett?
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Old 9th Feb 2005, 22:23   #2
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Why he's a Son of a Son of a Sailor of course. Maggie will probably see him this week in Margarita-ville. Maybe she can tell you more about him.
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I'm very pleased to see Prince up there at the top (and surprised). I've always enjoyed how OTT he was.
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Good guitarist too. I still can't believe he's out earned all the others though.

I once let slip to my other half that i thought Shania Twain was 'nice'. I've never lived it down.
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I think much of that list demonstrates the pull of showmanship as opposed to pure talent. Rod Stewart's voice I've always liked, and there are one or two S+G numbers that are masterful - but the rest I wouldn't care if I never heard a squawk from them again. (And why I can't tell you - but I absolutely LOATHE Phil Collins - more so, if that were possible, than bloody Sting. Something to do with both having a monstrous self-regard, perhaps?)
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Linkin Park's high listing is due to their own control of their image, sound etc. They (I believe) still own their own copyright to image, logo, each track unlike most on that list; hence a relative smidgen of sales still pushes them high. Well done lads; you took the industry on and won
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