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Tuesday, 12 February, 2002, 00:03 GMT
Beatles and U2 top rich list
The Beatles
The Beatles live on in their greatest hits
The Beatles and U2 have come out top of a rich list of rock money earners in 2001, according to a magazine survey.

The Fab Four made the top of the list thanks to huge sales for their greatest hits album, called 1, pulling in 65m last year.

Dido enjoyed an amazing 2001
U2, in second place, earned 60m thanks to sales of latest album, All That You Can't Leave Behind, and a high-profile tour.

Dido is a new entry in Heat magazine's annual survey of the rich in rock, in fifth position.

The British star earned 12m in 2001, making her the highest female earner just a year after she first burst onto the scene.

New entry

Her debut album, No Angel, was the biggest selling record in the world last year, shifting 8.6 million copies, according to US chart analysts Billboard.

Another new entry to the list is singer-songwriter David Gray, who has also enjoyed an amazing 18 months.

Bono and U2 toured the world in 2001
Sales of more than 10 million copies of his album White Ladder earned him about 8m in 2001.

Blur singer Damon Albarn is thought to have generated 4m thanks to the success of his other project Gorillaz.

Heat's deputy editor Julian Linley said: "Dido now has the world at her feet, thanks to hard work and talent.

"That she figures alongside stars who are making a living from decades of hits just goes to show how astonishing the past year has been for her."

Heat's rich list top 10:

1 (1) The Beatles 65m
2 (2) U2 60m
3 (3) Sir Elton John 27.5m
4 (16) Pink Floyd 16m
5 (-) Dido 12m
6 (13) Enya 9m
7 (4) Rolling Stones 8.5m
8 (5) David Bowie 8.3m
9 (-) David Gray 8m
10 (-) Bee Gees 4.7m

Last year's position in brackets.

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