Another year-end review: The highest-earning musical acts of 2019

There’s still a ton of money to be made by playing live, streaming (for some), merch, music sales, radio airplay, and licensing. Here’s who made what in 2019 as calculated by Forbes (all figures in US dollars):

  1. Taylor Swift: $185 million
  2. Kanye West: $150 million
  3. Ed Sheeran: $110 million
  4. The Eagles: $100 million
  5. Elton John: $84 million
  6. Jay-Z: $81 million (tie)
  7. Beyonce: $81 million (tie)
  8. Drake: $75 million
  9. Diddy: $70 million
  10. Metallica: $68.5 million

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

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