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U2 is world's top earning band: surveyNEW YORK (Reuters) - Irish rockers U2, who netted $130 million from their massive world tour and other deals, are the world's top-earning musicians, according to Forbes.com.

The group made $10 million in ticket sales on each tour stop and, along with merchandising revenue, hit the top of the list ahead of Australian heavy metal group AC/DC, who earned $114 million from their worldwide tour.

"Nearly half of the artists that make up this year's list of the top-earning music acts have been around long enough that they could have appeared on the soundtrack to "Back to the Future," Forbes.com said.  The financial website added that the top two bands could make as much as $372 million between June 2009 and June 2010.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2010 14:03
 
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Drawing upon its 90's indie influences (cited as The Cure, Teenage Fan Club, My Bloody Valentine, and Elliot Smith), London band exlovers combines soft, sombre lyrics with distorted guitars to create its dream-pop sound, contrasting the fragile vocals of Laurel Sills and Peter Scott with the occasionally frenzied guitar playing of Chris Woodhead.

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