Friday, May 20, 2011

Jon Bon Jovi in Forbes Celebrity 100

Forbes recently released its Celebrity 100 list for 2011. They rank the "richest and most powerful celebrities in the world" annually, and this year Jon's at number eight. Ahead of him are Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, U2, Elton John, Tiger Woods, and Taylor Swift, while Simon Cowell and LeBron James round out the top 10. Check out the full list, along with the factors that were considered and profiles of everyone who made the list at this link.

There's also an article about JBJ and the business of touring:
The next time you play Rock Band don't invite Jon Bon Jovi. The 49- year-old singer's wife and kids recently convinced him to give the popular videogame a try. So he picked up the microphone and launched into a rendition of his classic "Wanted Dead or Alive," backed by family on virtual guitars and drums. He never made it through the song.

"I failed--it buzzed me down," Bon Jovi admits over lunch in Manhattan. "So I stood up off the couch and I said, 'All right, goddamn it, press play.' They did it again, I failed again, and I said, 'Everybody's going to bed. That's the end of this. Turn that shit off.'"

Fortunately for Bon Jovi, audiences in real arenas around the world are kinder. His eponymous band took home $125 million over the past 12 months by FORBES' estimates, more than any other music act besides U2--and more than relative whippersnappers Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Kanye West combined. In the past year the band has played 74 gigs in 15 nations, grossing $203 million in ticket sales and $20 million in merchandise; Bon Jovi ranks No. 8 on this year's Celebrity 100.
Read the full article here.

1 comment:

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