Friday, September 26, 2008

Money Money Money Monaaayyyy Mooonnnaaahhh!!!

The Police have been named as the highest-earning musicians in 2008, raking in $115 million in the past year. They were named the world's highest paid music stars by Forbes magazine for the $28.3 million each they made from their reunion shows. Also in the Top Five are Beyonce Knowles, Toby Keith, Justin Timberlake and Madonna.
  • The highest paid music stars of the past year, according to Forbes magazine:

    1. The Police ($115 million)
    2. Beyonce Knowles ($80 million)
    3. Toby Keith ($48 million)
    4. Justin Timberlake ($44 million)
    5. Madonna ($40 million)
    6. Celine Dion ($40 million)
    7. Rascal Flatts ($40 million)
    8. Van Halen ($35 million)
    9. Genesis ($31 million)
    10. Gwen Stefani ($27 million)
U2 lead singer Bono is moonlighting as a blogger for London's Financial Times newspaper this week. The anti-poverty crusader is dispatching reports for the publication about New York's Millenium Development Goals summit and related meetings.

Bono has blogged about his discussions with the Presidents of Spain, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ghana, and he reported Thursday (September 25th) that his meeting with Republican Presidential ticket John McCain and Sarah Palin was cancelled "due to gridlock in Manhattan and the (financial) markets." Instead, Bono spoke to the Senator and Governor by phone in what he called a "spritely discussion across a few subjects, including progress on AIDS and malaria, and the use of non-military tools as part of United States foreign policy."

Bono was in New York as a representative of the ONE campaign. Bono wasn't the only music bigwig at the summit -- Latin superstars Shakira and Alejandro Sanz met with several Latin American Presidents to discuss early childhood development issues.

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