Business magazine Forbes has named AC/DC as the biggest-earning rock band in world for the year ended June 2016.
In the 12-month period to that date the Aussie giants are said to have made $67.5 million – placing them ahead of the Rolling Stones at $66.5m, Bruce Springsteen at $60.5m and Paul McCartney at $56.5m.
Pop star Taylor Swift topped the list with earnings of $170m – her best ever, and the eighth-highest of anyone in the entertainments industry. Five other artists earned more than Angus Young and co.
Forbes say of AC/DC: “No frontman? No problem. The rockers replaced ailing singer Brian Johnson with Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose.”
They add: “The former may return next year” – although they don’t cite any source for the comment.
The magazine’s list is made up from pre-tax income before the deduction of costs such as management fees, with data retrieved from analysts Pollstar, Nielsen and the RIAA along with public comments from artists and their representatives.
AC/DC’s future remains in doubt following the departures of Johnson, mainman Malcolm Young, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams over the past two years. But guitarist Angus Young recently said he felt “obligated” to keep the band going.
Last month Pollstar reported that Guns N’ Roses took the highest concert income in the world during 2016, with an average of $5.5m per show before costs – but they also had the highest ticket price of any artist in the top 20.
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Forbes’ rock rich list 2016
1 (overall 7). AC/DC $67.5m
2 (8). Rolling Stones $66.5m
3 (11). Bruce Springsteen $60.5m
4 (12). Paul McCartney $56.5m
5 (15). U2 $55m
6 (20). Muse $49m
7 (21). Foo Fighters $48.5m