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Rolling Stones rank among top 5 highest paid musicians in 2014

Rolling Stones among top 5 on Billboard's 'Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014'
Rolling Stones among top 5 on Billboard's 'Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014'
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The Rolling Stones AEG Live produced 50 and Counting Tour helped land the legendary British rockers among the top 5 on Billboard's "Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List."

According to an article posted on March 10 at Billboard.com, The Stones earned a whopping $26,225,121.71 over the past 12 months, earning the band fifth position on the prestigious list, which also includes: 1.Taylor Swift ($39,699,575.60), 2.Kenny Chesney, ($32,956,240.70), 3.Justin Timberlake, ($31,463,297.03) and 4.Bon Jovi, ($29,436,801.04).

Billboard's statistics note that the "Satisfaction" hitmakers played a mere 15 U.S. shows, but averaged a whopping $4.7 million gross and 14,000 in attendance at U.S. arenas in 2013, impressive numbers which also recently helped the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees top Forbes "2013's Top Ten Most Expensive Concert Tours" list.

The World's Greatest Rock n' Roll Band's additional income came from their 2013 greatest hits package "Grrr," which sold nearly 300,000 physical units and 1.5 million track downloads with an estimated $15 million in merchandise sales (a figure which does not include massive sales from online and retail outlets through Bravado) and another $5 million from a multifaceted tour partnership with Citi to round out The Stones' impressive number.

The Stones easily sold out their first five 14 On Fire Tour shows, breaking attendance records during their three-night stand in Tokyo and are well on their way to having another banner year in 2014.

The next 14 On Fire stop is on March 12 in Shanghai, China at Mercedes-Benz Arena.

For more information, check out RollingStones.com.

Did you know? The Rolling Stones' soundtrack for the documentary "Charlie is My Darling" won a Grammy for Best Historical Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards held Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.