The 20 Artists Who Made the Most Money Last Year

“Billboard” has put out their annual ‘Music Moneymakers’ list, which ranks the 50 artists who raked in the most money last year.  The estimates include stuff like music sales, streaming, ringtones, publishing royalties, and touring, which is where the big money comes from these days.

They only count U.S. sales and touring, so anyone who spent a lot of last year touring abroad won’t have that income added.  Merchandise sales and sponsorships weren’t included either, because there wasn’t enough information available to make it consistent across the board.

BEYONCÉ is #1, with an estimated net income of $62.1 million, and no one else was even close to that.

Here are the Top 20 Music Moneymakers:

  1.   Beyoncé, $62.1 million
  2.   Guns N’ Roses, $42.3 million
  3.   Bruce Springsteen, $42.2 million
  4.   Drake, $37.3 million
  5.   Adele, $37 million
  6.   Coldplay, $32.3 million
  7.   Justin Bieber, $30.5 million
  8.   Luke Bryan, $27.3 million
  9.   Kanye West, $26.1 million
  10.   Kenny Chesney, $25.4 million
  11.   Billy Joel, $23.6 million
  12.   Rihanna, $22.3 million
  13.   Twenty One Pilots, $21.1 million
  14.   Carrie Underwood, $19.9 million
  15.   Metallica, $18.5 million
  16.   Paul McCartney, $17.7 million
  17.   Future, $17 million
  18.   Garth Brooks, $16.02 million
  19.   Trans-Siberian Orchestra, $16.01 million
  20.   Barbra Streisand, $15.8 million . . . with almost ALL of that coming from touring.  Hey, remember when Barbra launched that farewell tour in 1999?  And then in 2006, and then in 2012?  Yeah, she’s STILL on the road.

(Hit up for the whole list, along with cool breakdowns of how each artist made their money.)

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