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U2 Tops 'Forbes' List of Highest-Paid Musicians

Isaac Brekken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After recently compiling a list of the highest-paid musicians under 30, Forbes magazine has now published a roundup of the 25 highest-paid musicians overall.

Number one on the list is U2, who raked in $195 million between May of 2010 and last month, thanks to their super-successful tour.  For that same reason, Bon Jovi is number two on the list with $125 million, Elton John is number three with $100 million, Lady Gaga is number four with $90 million, and Michael Buble is number five with $70 million.  All of those acts enjoyed sold-out, long-running tours.

Others on the list range from 68-year-old Paul McCartney to 17-year old Justin Bieber.  There's also one married couple on the list -- Beyonce and Jay-Z -- but he earned more than she did for the first time since their 2008 wedding.

Here's the list, which includes a five-way tie for 18th place:

1. U2 ($195 million)
2. Bon Jovi ($125 million)
3. Elton John ($100 million)
4. Lady Gaga ($90 million)
5. Michael Buble ($70 million)
6. Paul McCartney ($67 million)
7. Black Eyed Peas ($61 million)
8. Eagles ($60 million)
9. Justin Bieber ($53 million)
10. Dave Matthews Band ($51 million)
11. Toby Keith ($50 million)
12. Usher ($46 million)
13. Taylor Swift $45 million)
14. Katy Perry ($44 million)
15. Brad Paisley ($40 million)
16. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers ($38 million)
17. Jay-Z ($38 million)
18. AC/DC ($35 million)
18. Sean "Diddy" Combs ($35 million)
18. Beyonce ($35 million)
18. Tim McGraw ($35 million)
18. Muse ($35 million)
23. Rascal Flatts ($34 million)
24. Kenny Chesney ($30 million)
25. Rihanna ($29 million)

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'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Finally Opens on Broadway

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty(NEW YORK) -- After a series of delays, production mishaps, and cast injuries, the big-budget musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally opened Tuesday night on Broadway.

U2's Bono and The Edge, who wrote the music for the show, addressed the crowd, saying, "We couldn't give up, we had to save Spider-Man, because Spider-Man has to save New York."

Opening night drew a number of recognizable names, such as former President Bill Clinton, Barbara Walters and Matt Damon. Clinton gave the show a positive review, telling ABC News Radio, "I just loved it, it was so great."

The opening of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was delayed a total of five times, and saw original director Julie Taymor replaced, as producers attempted to work out the kinks.

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U2 Now Aiming to Release New CD by End of 2012

Isaac Brekken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- U2 originally planned to have a new album in stores before their current "U2 360" tour ended, but now that's not happening.

The band told Rolling Stone that the plan now is to go back into the studio when the tour ends and work on a record that will be released "toward the end of next year."

U2 had been working on separate groups of songs, with Lady Gaga's producer RedOne and with producer/artist Danger Mouse, best known as one-half of Gnarls Barkley.  Now, the band told Rolling Stone that it's the Danger Mouse songs that will likely become their new album.

Adam Clayton said, "We have to focus on what we do best, and the work we did with Danger Mouse came closest to that...the thing we did with RedOne doesn't feel like the right fit."

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U2 Talks 'Spider-Man' Single 'Rise Above 1,' 360 Tour

Isaac Brekken/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- If you watched the season finale of American Idol on May 25, you saw Bono and The Edge perform the song Rise Above 1 from the Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, with actor Reeve Carney, who plays Spider-Man in the show.  Speaking to reporters backstage after the Idol performance, Bono said of the song, "[It] was one of the first songs that jumped out as us and we're really proud of it.  It's a big tune." 

The U2 duo wrote all the music for Spider-Man, a process Bono called "the easiest thing of all" when it came to dealing with all the facets of the show.  Rise Above 1 can be downloaded now on iTunes.  The show officially opens on Broadway on June 14.

Meanwhile, U2 is currently on its North American leg of its 360 tour.  The band's next show is in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Bono said the band was ready to hit the road again and play big venues: "It's great to play a club on your night off but there's a thing when you're surrounded by, whatever it is, 20,000 people or 100,000 people it was," says Bono.  "It's hard to get 100,000 people to agree on anything so when they're singing your songs, it's a very special feeling."

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U2 Performing on Season Finale of 'American Idol'

Interscope Records(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans may not be getting an Aerosmith performance for the season finale of American Idol, but they'll get one from U2.

The band's manager, Paul McGuinness, said backstage at the Billboard Music Awards that the band would appear on the Wednesday, May 25 finale, one night after their gig in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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U2's 'Spider-Man' Musical to Reopen Next Month

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty(NEW YORK) -- A revamped production of the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is now in previews and will have its official Broadway opening on June 14.

According to published reports, the musical -- which features a score by Bono and The Edge -- includes not only some new scenes but one brand-new song, "A Freak Like Me."  In addition, snippets of U2 classics like "Beautiful Day" and "Where the Streets Have No Name" are now woven into the show.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is the most expensive musical ever staged, with a staggering budget of $70 million.  The musical recently went on hiatus for nearly a month after a series of delays prompted by technical glitches, cast injuries, and negative reviews from critics.

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U2 Drummer to Make Acting Debut in New Movie

Interscope Records(LOS ANGELES) -- Bono and The Edge are usually the members of U2 who grab all the headlines, but this time, it's their drummer, Larry Mullen, Jr. who's making some news.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he's making his movie debut as an actor -- as well as a producer and composer -- of a new movie called Man on the Train, which will be unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival next month.  The movie, a remake of a 2002 French film, stars Donald Sutherland as a retired small-town schoolteacher who crosses paths with a guy, played by Larry, who's planning to rob a local bank.

Bono has done some acting himself: he appeared uncredited in a 2000 film called The Million Dollar Hotel and played Dr. Robert in the 2007 Beatles-inspired film Across the Universe.  He also played himself in a 2005 episode of Entourage.

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U2's '360' Tour Becomes Highest-Grossing Ever

Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- U2's massive 360 tour has become the highest-grossing tour of all time.

Billboard reports that after the band played in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sunday, the tour's total gross topped $558 million.  That surpasses the $558 million the Rolling Stones set in 2007 after two years of road work on their Bigger Bang tour.

Not only does U2 now own the record for the highest-grossing tour but they've also set a record for the highest-attended tour, measured by the actual number of tickets sold -- more than seven million over 110 shows.

Though they've only just passed it at this point, when all is said and done, U2 will actually have broken the Stones' record by a comfortable margin.  When they finally wrap the North American leg of the tour on July 30, the 360 tour will have grossed over $700 million dollars.

U2 will kick off the North American leg of their tour on May 21 in Denver, Colorado.  All the tour dates can be found at their official website.

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Spider-Man Musical Opening Delayed, Director Steps Down

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty(NEW YORK) -- Producers of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark say the show's official opening has been delayed until early this summer. It was scheduled to officially open March 15, but producers say the oft-delayed show will undergo creative changes -- and that includes director Julie Taymor removing herself from the day-to-day show operations, though she will remain with the creative team. U2's Bono and Edge, who provided the music for the production, say they will add new songs to the show.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been plagued by injuries to cast members, prompting a government workplace safety inspection and causing at least one injured cast member to quit.  Wednesday's announcement of the show's delayed opening came just hours before a preview performance during which a stunt was canceled because the Green Goblin's steering mechanism failed in mid-flight.

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Report: U2's Manager Confirms New Album Release for May

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(CANNES, France) -- It looks like U2 is releasing a brand new album in May of this year.

According to the usually-reliable fan website, the band's manager, Paul McGuinness, confirmed during a music industry conference in Cannes, France that the album, which is "largely completed," will be released in time for U2's North American tour, which kicks off in Denver, Colorado on May 21.  He also stated that the group is now working at their studio in France to put the "finishing touches" on the disc.

In addition, McGuinness said the album is being produced by Danger Mouse, as had been reported, but that it wouldn't be called Songs Of Ascent.  Bono had previously said the band was working on an album of that name, which would comprise leftover songs from the No Line On The Horizon recording sessions, but it's possible that that may end up being a different project altogether.

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