Why do pop stars get so much money? In the
Middle Ages, the stage performers were only
for the amusement of guests during the
holidays – but today only the millionaires can
enjoy a holiday with a musician companion.
The net worth of the musicians listed below
is huge. That’s why the American Forbes had
to make a separate rating of the world’s
richest musicians. What is the reason for
their wealth? Talent? Luck? Success?
Rock and pop music stars do not earn their
millions easily. Their fabulous fees require
hard work, countless concerts, endless
interviews, and exhausting studio sessions.
Therefore, no matter what the top artists
earn, they surely deserve it for all the time
they put in.
The richest musicians
The American magazine Forbes published the
annual rating of the world’s highest paid
the British rock band Muse
The last 20th place was taken by the British
rock band Muse (49 million dollars).
Muse is a British rock band formed in 1994.
In total, Muse released seven studio albums
and four live albums. Their sales exceeded 15
million. Muse also received a lot of awards
mostly for live performances.
19. Luke Brian
The 19th line is occupied by the American
country singer Luke Brian (53 million
At first, he worked as a songwriter. His debut
single “All My Friends Say” achieved the fifth
line in the Billboard country chart. Some of
his singles received gold and platinum
certification from the American Association
of Record Companies. His third album
Tailgates & Tanlines, released in 2011, was
18. Jay Z
The 18th place was taken Jay Z, the singer
from the US (53.5 million dollars).
Shawn Corey Carter is a rapper and producer.
Jay Z is one of the best-selling musicians of
all time. He sold more than 100 million
records and received 21 Grammy Awards for
The 17th position was taken by Beyoncé (54
Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American R&B
singer, an actress, a dancer, and a music
producer. She released six albums and has
won 20 Grammy awards in her entire music
16 – 15. The Weeknd and rock band U2
The 16th and 15th places are occupied by the
Canadian singer, songwriter, and record
producer of Ethiopian origin The Weeknd
and the Irish rock band U2 (55 million dollars
each). U2 was formed in 1976. They are one
of the most popular, successful and
influential groups in the music history. More
than 180 million copies of the group’s albums
have been sold.
14-13. Justin Bieber and Kenny Chesney
The 14th and 13th spot goes to Canadian Pop
and R&B singer, songwriter, musician, and
actor Justin Bieber and the American country
singer Kenny Chesney, one of the most
popular in his genre (56 million dollars
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Sir Paul McCartney
12. Paul McCartney
Sir James Paul McCartney takes the 12th
place. He is a British musician, multi-
instrumentalist, and producer. One of the
Beatles’ founders, a 16-time Grammy Award
winner, a Bachelor of Arts and Chevalier of
the British Empire Order. (56.5 million
11. Bruce Springsteen
The 11th position is occupied by Bruce
Springsteen (60.5 million dollars). Bruce
Frederick Joseph Springsteen is an American
rock and folk musician and songwriter. He
became famous due to his rock songs with
poetic texts. The central theme of the latter is
his homeland, New Jersey.
Ten best musicians
10. Puff Daddy
The 10th place is taken by American rapper
Sean Diddy Combs, better known as “Puff
Daddy” (62 million dollars).
The main portion of this year income was
brought to Puff by the lucrative deal with
Diageo’s Ciroc. His other investments are
quite lucrative too. The musician is listed in
Forbes every year, steadily occupying the
tenth line among the richest musicians of the
the Scottish DJ Kelvin Harris
9. DJ Kelvin Harris
The 9th line was taken by the Scottish DJ
Adam Richard Viles, known under the
pseudonym Kelvin Harris (63 million dollars).
Who said that a DJ cannot earn real money?
Calvin Harris spent most of the year
wandering around the elite clubs and casinos
in Las Vegas, becoming the richest
electronics musician of the year. Also, the
guy releases hit collaborations with major
stars – the last song This Is What You Came
For, made with Rihanna, was accepted by
critics very favorably.
8. The British Rolling Stones
The 8th place is occupied by the British
Rolling Stones (66.5 million dollars).
It’s a rock group with a huge fan base. The
sale of CDs and live performances of Rolling
Stones provide team members with a good
AC / DC
7. AC / DC
The 7th spot is taken by another rock legend,
Australian band AC / DC (67.5 million
No front man? No problem, they have found
a new one. The guys from the cult team AC /
DC regretfully retired their solo Brian
Johnson, and on the same day, they lured the
front man of the legendary Guns N ‘Roses.
Axl Rose will take part in the last ten
concerts of the US tour. It will undoubtedly
make AC / DC almost the richest rockers in
6. Garth Brooks
The 6th place is taken by the country star
Garth Brooks (70 million dollars).
The Comeback Tour started in 2014 and
continued till the beginning of 2017. Garth
Brooks is not very popular in other countries
but highly appreciated at home. He belongs
to the richest musicians in the world.
The 5th line is occupied by Rihanna (75
Rihanna has created for herself an image
self-willed girl who prefers to follow her
heart and not pay attention to public
opinion. Her impressive talent gives Rihanna
the right to an original vital position, and the
innate business skills that allows her easily to
be on the Forbes list.
The 4th place is for Madonna. The top twenty
most highly paid musicians also include
American singer Madonna (annual income –
76.5 million dollars).
Only the Gross from the Rebel Heart brought
Madonna $170 million. After that, the Forbes’
financiers estimated the total net worth of
the pop diva in one and a half billion dollars.
Also, the legendary singer has additional
sources of income, from the perfume line to
her brand clothing.
Top three musicians
The 3rd spot belongs to Great Britain’s Adele,
who earned $80.5 million for the year,
thanks to the world’s best-selling “25” album.
For Adele, the year 2016 was the most
successful in her career. The album sales
provided the main part of her worth.
However, much money was also brought in
by the live performances.
2. One Direction
The 2nd place in the 2016 rating was taken
by the British group One Direction with an
annual income of 110 million dollars. The era
of boys’ bands will never end. Such groups
simply adjust to the requirements of the
time, but in general, they remain the same.
This fact, however, did not prevent One
Direction from receiving $ 110 million of net
worth during the last year.
And the winner!
1. Taylor Swift
The 1st position is filled by the 26-year-old
American singer Taylor Swift. The world
richest musician earned $ 170 million the last
year. Taylor Swift’s tour through North
America provided her with an impressive
fortune. Swift leadership in the rating is
ensured by the concert tour “1989” which
started in May 2015. The total revenue from
the Swift’s concerts in the world exceeded $
250 million, while $ 200 million was earned
only in the US. Also, more than 3 million
Swift’s records were sold. Her royalties for
advertising dietary Coke, Apple products and
Keds shoes brought a significant contribution
to the singer’s income.
In this case, the young and talented beauty
won the first place in the rating of the
highest paid musicians in 2016.
As you can see, in the rating of the Top 20
richest musician in the world ranking by
Forbes there are representatives of different
styles and directions: rock, pop, hip-hop and
even country. There are many young names
on the list. Besides, musical “dinosaurs” and
veterans of show business still set the tone in
the world music for more than half a