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Madonna is once again music’s biggest earner, according to a new report, hauling in over $34.5 million in 2012. Bruce Springsteen was a close second last year, coming within about $1 million of the pop queen.
According to Billboard, the trick to topping the list in the ‘digital age’, heavy on ripped music, is staying busy on the road-- the exact model Madonna and Springsteen followed in 2012.
Madonna earned the honors this year thanks to her 88-date world tour, MDNA. She did release an album named after her tour, but her gross album sales didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the money she made with concerts.
Roger Waters was another runner-up on the list, but didn’t come close to the top two. The touring face of Pink Floyd explains having to enclose the concerts indoors in order to maximize the experience of “The Wall Live."
According to NME, last year’s top-earner Taylor Swift fell from first to 15th on the list due to not being on the road nearly as much as she was in 2011.