Highest-paid musicians in the United States in 2017 (in million U.S. dollars)

Highest paid musicians in the U.S. 2017 The graph shows the highest-paid musicians in the United States in 2017. The source calculated that U2 was the best-paid act in 2017, with a revenue of 54.4 million U.S. dollars.
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Revenue in million U.S. dollars
U254.4
Garth Brooks52.2
Metallica43.2
Bruno Mars40.7
Ed Sheeran31.3
Lady Gaga29.7
Billy Joel29.2
Guns N' Roses27.8
Roger Waters27.2
Coldplay26.5
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers23.4
The Weeknd23.3
Kendrick Lamar21.7
Red Hot Chili Peppers21.6
Luke Bryan21
Florida Georgia Line20.9
Paul McCartney20.5
Jay-Z19.8
Eric Church19.4
Bruce Springsteen18.5
Chris Stapleton17.9
Dead & Company17.6
Neil Diamond16.5
Trans-Siberian Orchestra16.3
John Mayer16.24
Céline Dion16.18
Future15
Bon Jovi14.5
Imagine Dragons14.4
Britney Spears14.1
New Kids on the Block13.48
Tim McGraw13.48
Queen & Adam Lambert13.4
Zac Brown Band13.1
J. Cole12.9
Faith Hill12.5
Drake12.1
Journey11.7
Depeche Mode11.64
Green Day11.61
Elton John11.4
Ariana Grande11.36
Janet Jackson11.34
Twenty One Pilots11
Sam Hunt10.7
Chris Brown9.8
Panic! at the Disco9.4
Taylor Swift9.3
Def Leppard9.2
The Chainsmokers9.1
Revenue in million U.S. dollars
U254.4
Garth Brooks52.2
Metallica43.2
Bruno Mars40.7
Ed Sheeran31.3
Lady Gaga29.7
Billy Joel29.2
Guns N' Roses27.8
Roger Waters27.2
Coldplay26.5
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers23.4
The Weeknd23.3
Kendrick Lamar21.7
Red Hot Chili Peppers21.6
Luke Bryan21
Florida Georgia Line20.9
Paul McCartney20.5
Jay-Z19.8
Eric Church19.4
Bruce Springsteen18.5
Chris Stapleton17.9
Dead & Company17.6
Neil Diamond16.5
Trans-Siberian Orchestra16.3
John Mayer16.24
Céline Dion16.18
Future15
Bon Jovi14.5
Imagine Dragons14.4
Britney Spears14.1
New Kids on the Block13.48
Tim McGraw13.48
Queen & Adam Lambert13.4
Zac Brown Band13.1
J. Cole12.9
Faith Hill12.5
Drake12.1
Journey11.7
Depeche Mode11.64
Green Day11.61
Elton John11.4
Ariana Grande11.36
Janet Jackson11.34
Twenty One Pilots11
Sam Hunt10.7
Chris Brown9.8
Panic! at the Disco9.4
Taylor Swift9.3
Def Leppard9.2
The Chainsmokers9.1
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The graph shows the highest-paid musicians in the United States in 2017. The source calculated that U2 was the best-paid act in 2017, with a revenue of 54.4 million U.S. dollars.
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Release date
July 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017
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Supplementary notes
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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