U2 have taken the top spot in Billboard magazine's inaugural Money Makers chart in the US with income of $255,022,633.35.

Billboard reports that the chart compiles album and digital sales with box office receipts during 2005.

U2, says Billboard, ranked 27th in album sales, ninth in digital sales and No 1 at the box office.

The Rolling Stones were in second place with $152,356,754.50 and Kenny Chesney was in third with $87,731,463.50.