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Who says the music business is in trouble? Sure, we’re not really buying CDs anymore (unless you’re over 60) and we can listen to endless albums for free thanks to sites like Spotify and Pandora. You have to brave those crazy, loud, jarring commercials they throw at you between songs, though, which is kind of a bummer. Even though musicians aren’t making loads of dough off album sales alone, they usually endorse products, start perfume lines, and tour the world to supplement their income so they can afford the lavish lifestyles they lead.
Most of us still want to see our favorite bands live, and we all know how pricey tickets can be. Still, of the top five highest earning male musicians in 2011, four of them are, well, older, and one is, of course, Justin Bieber. Maybe in twenty years Jack White will be an elder statesman and make it on these lists. For now, here’s a sampling of some of 2011s highest earning male musicians.