America’s top-earning musicians are mostly ‘heritage artists’

You rock ’n’ rollers may be getting older — but you’re still shelling out big bucks for your favorite acts. In fact, of America’s 50 top-earning musical artists last year, 29 are considered “heritage artists.” That’s Billboard’s term for acts who have released a minimum of 10 albums or been active for at least 20 years. TOP 50 ARTISTS EARNINGS LINEUP The trade mag, which released its “Money Makers” list on Friday, designated U2 the top earner of 2017 based on US concert grosses, plus royalties from domestic sales, streaming and publishing. The Irish band took in a total of $54.4 million — $52 million of which came from its “Joshua Tree” 30th anniversary tour. Touring proved the top income pr

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