Rush Money: A Post About the Making and Donating of It
Thanks to updates by Rush is a Band, Power Windows, and other fine sites about the band, we learn that Rush was the 28th biggest-selling music act in 2012, hauling in $8,719,834.30, mainly on the strength of its Clockwork Angels album and tour. Billboard says they sold half a million records—that’s physical records, not counting downloads—and have had tremendous attendance during its tour, which still has another North American leg to run before heading over to Europe.
“With or without recognition from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rush fans are tremendously loyal,” says Billboard in its blurb on the band. Fans have been “turning out en masse for tours and ponying up for records, the latter to the tune of more than 500,000 physical units in 2012. These guys are perennials.”
Who was the number one money-maker last year? Madonna. She earned $34,577,308.62, mainly on the strength of her MDNA tour. Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters were next. Thanks to the nostalgia tour circuit, Van Halen and Journey also did well, Van Halen earning $20,184,709.91 and Journey earning $6,983,106.58.
It’s interesting to see the number of country acts on the list: Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Eric Church (a kind of county-rock hybrid, I think), Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, and Kenny Chesney. That’s a lot of money for guys and gals who have hat head.
Old-timers Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand made the list, as did new-timers like Adele, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and other pop acts. Mumford & Sons is on there. Read “Music’s Top 40 Money Makers 2013” for yourself.
In other money news, this one about the giving away of it, we learn from Power Windows that a Fender bass signed by Geddy, Alex, and Neil and auctioned off on Reverb.com for charity, brought in more than $10,000 for the Fender Music Foundation.
The money goes to schools so they can provide musical instruments to students who need them.
It’s a timely program, because declining music education budgets at schools, thanks to declining public budgets in general, has been a persistent story in the news for the past few years.
Few if any artists are as generous as the members of Rush in donating money, valuables, and working with charities to help others, so, if for no other reason than that, their continued financial success in the music business is certainly something to cheer.—Rob Freedman, Rush Vault