And the Highest Paid Musician in the World in 2015 Is…

…not Adele. That’ll be next year. Here’s the latest ranking of by Forbes (via The Music Network.)

1. Katy Perry – US$135 million
2. One Direction – US$130 million
3. Garth Brooks – US$90 million
4. Taylor Swift – US$80 million
5. The Eagles – US$73.5 million
6. Calvin Harris – US$66 million
7. Justin Timberlake – US$63.5 million
8. P. Diddy – US$60 million
9. Fleetwood Mac – US$59.5 million
10. Lady Gaga – US$59 million
11. Rolling Stones – US57.5 million
12. Ed Sheeran – US$57 million
13. Jay Z – US$56 million
14. Beyonce – US$54.5 million
15. Elton John – US$53.5 million
16. Toby Keith – US$53 million
17. Paul McCartney – US$51.5 million
18. Michael Buble – US$45.5 million
19. Jason Aldean – US$43.5 million
20. Luke Bryan – US$42.5 million
21. Kenny Chesney – US$42 million
22. Bruno Mars – US$40 million
23. Drake – US$39.5 million
24. Foo Fighters – US$38 million, tie
24. Tim McGraw – US$38 million, tie
26. David Guetta – US$37 million
27. Florida Georgia Line – US$36.5 million
28. Jimmy Buffett – US$36 million, tie
28. Tiesto – US$36 million, tie
30. Maroon 5 – US$33 million, tie
30. Dr. Dre – US$33 million, tie

Sidenote: I’m current in a villa that’s kitty-corner to where Jimmy Buffet used to have a place He’s torn it down and is in the process of building something much more….grand.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “And the Highest Paid Musician in the World in 2015 Is…

  • December 9, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    U2 toured all year. Surprised they aren’t in the top 30 at all.

  • December 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Garth Brooks is number three?????


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