Which artist topped the list of highest-earning celeb last year?

Which artist topped the list of highest-earning celeb last year? 

Posted: 6:56 am Friday, July 14th, 2017

By Estee

“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.

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 Billboard.com for the whole list, along with cool breakdowns of how each artist made their money.)

 

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