Annual income of highest-paid musicians as of June 2017 (in million U.S. dollars)

Highest-paid musicians 2017 This graph shows a ranking of best-paid musicians worldwide between June 2016 and June 2017. Diddy, Puffy or Brother Love came first with an income of 130 million US dollars. Here you can find a Billboard ranking of highest-paid musicians in the United States (ranked by their U.S. earnings only).

Music industry celebrities in the United States - additional information

Although the music industry elite consists of a relatively small circle of individuals, there are many ways in which to rank the best, the most popular, the richest or the highest paid musical artist in the United States, according to different criteria. If one is to look at yearly income, according to Forbes, Dr. Dre was by far the clear winner, with an estimated 620 million U.S. dollars (pre –tax) earned in 2014, almost six times more than the second performer in the ranking, and highest earning female musician - Beyoncé. However, most of Dre's earnings do not come from sales of music he interprets himself, but rather from his many other endeavors. Among other things, Dr. Dre, born Andre Romelle Young, is CEO of the Aftermath Entertainment record label, with current acts such as Eminem and Kendrick Lamar and with former artists such as 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Eve. He is also a founder and CEO of Beats Electronic, the division of Apple which produces audio products such as headphones and speakers.

Another way in which to test popularity is to look at sales of concert tickets, where the British pop sensation, One Direction, has been most successful in 2014, with some 1.5 million tickets sold in North America alone. In the top five of most successful tours the group was joined by Katy Perry and no less than three country music acts, namely Luke Brian, Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band. The latter were also mentioned among the highest earning country musicians of 2014, led by Toby Keith, with 65 million U.S. dollars earned in 2014.

It is also worth touching on the subject of how much the stars of the music industry value themselves, where Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Bieber all request a minimal booking fee of one million U.S. dollars, about eight times more than Bruno Mars. And last but not least, artists net worth could serve as a viable criterion for evaluating their success. In such case, Madonna Louise Ciccone, with approximately 35 years in the business under her belt, is the clear winner. After selling hundreds of millions records worldwide, touring, acting and conducting profitable businesses, the queen of pop was worth 800 million U.S. dollars as of 2014.

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Income in million U.S. dollars
Diddy (Puffy or Brother Love)130
Beyoncé105
Drake94
The Weeknd92
Coldplay88
Guns N' Roses84
Justin Bieber83.5
Bruce Springsteen75
Adele69
Metallica66.5
Garth Brooks60
Elton John60
Paul McCartney54
Red Hot Chili Peppers54
Jimmy Buffett50.5
Calvin Harris48.5
Taylor Swift44
Kenny Chesney42.5
Luke Bryan42
Celine Dion42
Jay-Z42
Tiësto39
Bruno Mars39
The Chainsmokers38
Jennifer Lopez38
Income in million U.S. dollars
Diddy (Puffy or Brother Love)130
Beyoncé105
Drake94
The Weeknd92
Coldplay88
Guns N' Roses84
Justin Bieber83.5
Bruce Springsteen75
Adele69
Metallica66.5
Garth Brooks60
Elton John60
Paul McCartney54
Red Hot Chili Peppers54
Jimmy Buffett50.5
Calvin Harris48.5
Taylor Swift44
Kenny Chesney42.5
Luke Bryan42
Celine Dion42
Jay-Z42
Tiësto39
Bruno Mars39
The Chainsmokers38
Jennifer Lopez38

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This graph shows a ranking of best-paid musicians worldwide between June 2016 and June 2017. Diddy, Puffy or Brother Love came first with an income of 130 million US dollars. Here you can find a Billboard ranking of highest-paid musicians in the United States (ranked by their U.S. earnings only).

Music industry celebrities in the United States - additional information

Although the music industry elite consists of a relatively small circle of individuals, there are many ways in which to rank the best, the most popular, the richest or the highest paid musical artist in the United States, according to different criteria. If one is to look at yearly income, according to Forbes, Dr. Dre was by far the clear winner, with an estimated 620 million U.S. dollars (pre –tax) earned in 2014, almost six times more than the second performer in the ranking, and highest earning female musician - Beyoncé. However, most of Dre's earnings do not come from sales of music he interprets himself, but rather from his many other endeavors. Among other things, Dr. Dre, born Andre Romelle Young, is CEO of the Aftermath Entertainment record label, with current acts such as Eminem and Kendrick Lamar and with former artists such as 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and Eve. He is also a founder and CEO of Beats Electronic, the division of Apple which produces audio products such as headphones and speakers.

Another way in which to test popularity is to look at sales of concert tickets, where the British pop sensation, One Direction, has been most successful in 2014, with some 1.5 million tickets sold in North America alone. In the top five of most successful tours the group was joined by Katy Perry and no less than three country music acts, namely Luke Brian, Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band. The latter were also mentioned among the highest earning country musicians of 2014, led by Toby Keith, with 65 million U.S. dollars earned in 2014.

It is also worth touching on the subject of how much the stars of the music industry value themselves, where Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Bieber all request a minimal booking fee of one million U.S. dollars, about eight times more than Bruno Mars. And last but not least, artists net worth could serve as a viable criterion for evaluating their success. In such case, Madonna Louise Ciccone, with approximately 35 years in the business under her belt, is the clear winner. After selling hundreds of millions records worldwide, touring, acting and conducting profitable businesses, the queen of pop was worth 800 million U.S. dollars as of 2014.

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December 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
June 2016 to June 2017
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The source explains that the income of each of the celebrities is an estimate, including ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other business ventures and reflects pretax income before deducting fees for agents, managers and lawyers. The totals were compiled with the help of data from Pollstar, RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan, managers, lawyers and many of the artists themselves.

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