Here Are the Top Earning Musicians of 2019 According to ‘Forbes’ Here Are the Top Earning Musicians of 2019 According to ‘Forbes’
Earlier this year, Kanye West was named the highest-paid act in hip-hop due to the success of Yeezy. A few tumultuous months and one... Here Are the Top Earning Musicians of 2019 According to ‘Forbes’

Earlier this year, Kanye West was named the highest-paid act in hip-hop due to the success of Yeezy. A few tumultuous months and one gospel album later, Ye has landed No. 2 overall on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-earning musicians. With a reported $150 million in earnings for 2019, Kanye was only beaten on the list by Taylor Swift, who took in an estimated $185 million this year alone.

There’s not too many surprises in the rest of the list, but the top twenty is rounded out by a number of Ye’s collaborators. At No. 3 is Ed Sheeran with $110 million, while the Eagles made $100 million, and Elton John $84 million. JAY-Z and Beyoncé tied at No. 6 for $81 million, while Drake and Diddy aren’t that far behind at $75 million and $70 million respectively. Just after at No. 10 is Metallica at $68.5 million, which can be attributed to their extensive touring throughout the year.

Interestingly, Rihanna made the list at No. 11 with $62 million despite dropping zero music all year. As for the rest of the list, Travis Scott raked in $58 million at No. 12, Eminem tied with Jimmy Buffet at No. 19 with $50 million, and the Weeknd tied with both Marshmello and DJ Khaled at No. 29 and $40 million. Migos also just cracked the list at No. 40 with $36 million.

Check out the full list here.

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Christopher Dupree

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