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Roger Waters, Van Halen, Dave Matthews Band Make "Billboard"'s "Top Money Makers" List

Image courtesy of Courtesy of Roger Waters (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy of Roger Waters (via ABC News Radio)

Roger Waters , Van Halen and Dave Matthews Band are among the musicians that hauled in the most cold hard cash in the past 12 months, according to Billboard .

Billboard tallied the annual earnings of music's top names -- including tour revenue, digital music sales, streaming and subscription revenue -- and found that artists normally earn the most money from playing live. That’s why Waters scored the #3 spot on the list for raking in $21,160,131.06, with over 93% of the year’s revenue coming from his recent The Wall Live Tour.

Van Halen took the #4 slot on the tally for ringing up $20,184,709.91, with about 84% of the cash coming from their tour in support of A Different Kind of Truth, the group's first studio effort featuring original frontman David Lee Roth since 1984.

Meanwhile, Dave Matthews Band got the #6 spot on the list for taking in $18,903,334.14, which is mostly due to their recent tour in support of their eighth studio album, Away from the World . Coldplay made the top 10 as well, securing the #9 slot for making $17,300,144.34, thanks to the massive world tour they launched in support of their Mylo Xyloto album.

Other rock acts finishing further down on the list included Nickelback (#17, $11,121,419.71), Red Hot Chili Peppers (#25, $9,477,807.56), Rush (#28, $8,719,834.30), Phish (#31, $7,382,514.39), The Black Keys (#32, $7,358,679.41) and Mumford & Sons (#39, $6,168,737.62).

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