And the Highest-Paid Musicians Are…

Forbes released its annual list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities–at least in their estimation. Musicians took 36 of the 100 places. Falling off the list this year: Justin Timberlake, Fleetwood Mac, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Michael Buble, Bruno Mars, Tim McGraw, David Guetta, Florida Georgia Line, Zac Brown Band, Pharrell Williams, Emimen, Miranda Lamber and Blake Shelton (Via VVN)

01. (08) Taylor Swift ($170 million)

02. (04) One Direction ($110 million)

03. (07) James Patterson ($95 million)

04. (15) Dr. Phil McGraw ($88 million)

05. (10) Christino Ronaldo ($88 million)

09. (–) Adele ($80.5 million)

12. (–) Madonna ($76.5 million)

13. (–) Rihanna ($75 million)

15. (06) Garth Brooks ($70 million)

17. (–) AC/DC ($67.5 million)

18. (26) Rolling Stones ($66.5 million)

21. (17) Calvin Harris ($63 million)

22. (21) Diddy/Sean Combs ($62 million)

24. (–) Bruce Springsteen ($60.5 million)

25. (35) Paul McCartney ($56.5 million)

26. (–) Justin Bieber ($56 million)

26. (49) Kenny Chesney ($56 million)

30. (–) U2 ($55 million)

30. (–) The Weeknd ($55 million)

34. (29) Beyonce Knowles ($54 million)

36. (28) Jay-Z ($53.5 million)

37. (48) Luke Bryan ($53 million)

44. (–) Muse ($49 million)

45. (58) Foo Fighters ($48.5 million)

47. (32) Toby Keith ($47.5 million)

54. (–) Bigbang ($44 million)

61. (31) Elton John ($42 million)

63. (73) Dr. Dre ($41 million)

63. (03) Katy Perry ($41 million)

66. (62) Jimmy Buffett ($40.5 million)

67. (–) Mumford & Sons ($40 million)

68. (95) Jennifer Lopez ($39.5 million)

69. (–) Drake ($38.5 million)

70. (62) Tiesto ($38 million)

75. (47) Jason Aldean ($36.5 million)

82. (73) Maroon 5 ($33.5 million)

82. (27) Ed Sheeran ($33.5 million)

86. (–) Dave Matthews Band ($33 million)

99. (82) Britney Spears ($30.5 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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