Friday, February 13, 2009

U2 and Letterman, Top Moneymakers, Who uses Shure?

U2 will perform for five nights in a row on CBS-TV's Late Show With David Letterman, beginning on Monday, March 2nd and ending on Friday, March 6th, according to The unprecedented stand will coincide with the release of the Irish band's new album, No Line On The Horizon, which arrives on Tuesday, March 3rd. This will also mark U2's first performance on the show in seven years. They last played in 2001, while singer Bono and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. were interviewed in 1997.

U2 has already made one television appearance in support of the record, playing the first single "Get On Your Boots" at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards last Sunday (February 8th). A video for "Get On Your Boots" was officially released late last week, after briefly leaking online.

U2 has yet to announce tour plans in support of the album.
Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and the Police all trailed behind Madonna as the top concert earners on Billboard's list of Top 20 Moneymakers. The list compiles each act's touring revenue plus current and catalog album sales, along with the sale of other promotions and merchandise.
  • The Top 20 earners on Billboard's 2008 Moneymakers List are:
    1. Madonna: $242,176,466
    2. Bon Jovi: $157,177,766
    3. Bruce Springsteen: $156,327,964
    4. The Police: $109,976,894
    5. Celine Dion: $99,171,237
    6. Kenny Chesney: $90,823,990
    7. Neil Diamond: $82,174,000
    8. Rascall Flatts: $63,522,160
    9. Jonas Brothers: $62,638,814
    10. Coldplay: $62,175,555
    11. The Eagles: $61,132,213
    12. Lil Wayne: $57,441,334
    13. AC/DC: $56,505,296
    14. Michael Buble: $50,257,364
    15. Miley Cyrus: $48,920,806
    16. Taylor Swift: $45,588,730
    17. Journey: $44,787,328
    18. Billy Joel: $44,581,010
    19. Mary J. Blige: $43,472,850
    20. Kanye West: $42,552,402
In a rare move, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have joined the group of artists publicly endorsing Shure microphones. Over the years, the Who's members have often done separate endorsements for their instruments and road gear, but this marks the first time that the band has done an endorsement under the band's moniker. Shure mics have been the Who's primary microphones for the past four decades.

Other artists appearing in the print ads include the Black Crowes, Maroon 5, Brad Paisley, G. Love, and Martina McBride.

Terri Hartman, Shure's director of global brand communications, told, "Performers all over the world start with Shure and then stay with Shure throughout their careers. Many of them say that they won't walk onstage unless there's a Shure microphone waiting for them. We're thrilled to be able to share their stories with aspiring performers worldwide."

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