Highest-paid musicians in the United States in 2016 (in million U.S. dollars)

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Guns 'N' Roses42.3
Bruce Springsteen42.2
Justin Bieber30.5
Luke Bryan27.3
Kanye West26.1
Kenny Chesney25.4
Billy Joel23.6
Twenty One Pilots21.1
Carrie Underwood19.9
Paul McCartney17.7
Garth Brooks16.02
Trans-Siberian Orchestra16.01
Barbra Streisand15.8
Dixie Chicks14.8
Florida Georgia Line14.6
Dave Matthews Band14.4
Jason Aldean14.3
Maroon 513.5
Zac Brown Band12.8
Black Sabbath12.4
Jennifer Lopez12.17
Elton John12.11
Dead & Company12.07
David Bowie11.5
Keith Urban11.4
The Rolling Stones10.86
Celine Dion10.85
Def Leppard10.81
Britney Spears10.7
Marc Anthony9.9
Blake Shelton9.8
The Weeknd9.4
Pearl Jam9.3
Jimmy Buffett9.1
Selena Gomez8.8
James Taylor8.3
Stevie Nicks8.21

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The graph shows the highest-paid musicians in the United States in 2016. The source calculated that Beyonce was the best-paid act in 2016, with a revenue of 62.1 million U.S. dollars.
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The source provided the following information about the methodology: "Money Makers was compiled with Nielsen Music and Billboard Boxscore, using 2015 U.S. data only. All revenue figures cited are Billboard estimates and may not equal the sum of the subcategories due to rounding. Revenue from merchandising, synchronization and sponsorship is not included. The following royalty rates, minus a 4 percent producer's fee, were used: album and track sales, 22 percent of retail revenue; streaming revenue, 22 percent for current artists and 50 percent for heritage artists. Publishing royalties were estimated using statutory mechanical rates for album and track sales; the Copyright Royalty Board streaming formula; and an average of $2.50 per play for hit radio and 60 cents per play for heritage spins. For labels' direct deals with interactive services, blended audio and video rates of, respectively, $0.0063 and $0.0015. (A 10 percent manager's fee was deducted from each category.) Touring revenue, after the manager's cut, equals 34 percent of an act's Boxscore. The top 10 lists for sales royalties were calculated based on physical and digital albums and track sales, the streaming royalty list, track on-demand audio and video streams, and estimated royalties from webcasting, SiriusXM and Music Choice."

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