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Published on March 9th, 2019 | by Alan Cross


Forbes issues their annual list of top-earning musicians

It’s tough being a professional musician these days–unless, of course, you’re already a superstar and you can tour the world commanding high prices for tickets.

Forbes has issued its list of the highest-earning musicians for 2018. Most of the usual suspects are here. This is the top ten with all figures in US dollars.

  1. U2, $118 million
  2. Coldplay, $115.5 million
  3. Ed Sheeran, $110 million
  4. Bruno Mars, $100 million
  5. Katy Perry, $83 million
  6. Taylor Swift, $80 million
  7. Jay-Z, $80 million
  8. Guns N’ Roses, $71 million
  9. Roger Waters, $68 million
  10. Diddy, $64 million

See the full top 30 list here.


About the Author

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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