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 artists in the United States, according to different criteria. As of 2018 the highest earning female musician was Katy Perry, followed closely by Taylor Swift.
Another way in which to test popularity is to look at sales of concert tickets. In 2017, U2 had the most successful music tour in North America, with some 1.5 million tickets sold. In the top five of most successful tours the group was joined by Garth Brooks, Metallica and Luke Bryan. Garth Brooks also featured among the highest earning country musicians of 2018, however lost out to Luke Bryan who topped the ranking with an annual income of 52 million dollars.