Forbes magazine has officially released its highly anticipated list of Highest Paid Musicians for the year. While Beyonce is clearly raking in the dough, there’s one artist who made more than her this year. The winner might surprise you.
The list consists of income brought in from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017 not including fees for staff such as lawyers, managers, and agents.
P. Diddy Is Leading The Ranks
None other than Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is currently sitting at the top spot for Forbes Highest-Paid Musicians list for 2017. Thanks to major events like the successful Bad Boy Family Reunion tour, his Ciroc vodka alcohol company and selling a third of Sean Jean for $70 million this year, Diddy made $130 million total in 2017! It’s no secret Diddy has been a businessman since he was just a kid. Now, his hard work is more than paying off for him.
Queen Bey isn’t too far behind. She made $105 million this year. She and Diddy are the only two on the list who brought in nine figures. It was Beyonce’s Formation World Tour that helped boost her funds this time around.
Interestingly enough, Drake is third with $94 million after his Boy Meets World Tour. The top three along with other musicians have proven that touring is the way to go when it comes to bringing in extra money.
The Weeknd, Guns 'N Roses, and J. Lo Get Honorable Mentions
Also on the list is Jimmy Buffett ($50.5 million), Red Hot Chili Peppers and Paul McCartney (both at $54 million), and Elton John and Garth Brooks at $60 million. Metallica ($66.5 million), Adele ($69 million), Bruce Springsteen ($75 million), Justin Bieber ($83.5 million), Guns ‘N Roses ($84 million), Coldplay ($88 million), and The Weeknd ($92 million).
Jennifer Lopez and Chainsmokers were tied for 24th place as they each brought in $38 million. They were just $1 million short of earning the 22nd place, which Bruno Mars earned after he made $39 million. Jay-Z is 19th on the list as he made $42 million. He’s tied with none other than Celine Dion who had a successful residency in Las Vegas. But they aren’t the only ones holding down the 19th spot. Country singer Luke Bryan also landed on number 19 on the list.
All of them were half a million behind Kenny Chesney, who is 18th with $42.5 million. And Taylor Swift fans might be happy to know she’s 17th with $44 million. She and her ex, mega-producer Calvin Harris, were neck-and-neck as he ranked 16th with $48.5 million.
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