Monday, July 11, 2016

Musicians Take 36 of Forbes Top 100 Earning Celebrites; Taylor Swift #1; Madonna Top Veteran Artist

by VVN Music

Forget actors and sports stars. The highest earning celebrity in the world, according to Forbes, is musician Taylor Swift.

Swift took in $170 million dollars over the last year, more than twice what she made last year when she was number 8 on the list.

She is followed in the top five by One Direction with $110 million, author James Patterson ($95 million) and a tie between Dr. Phil McGraw ($88 million) and soccer player Christino Ronaldo ($88 million).

Overall, musicians took 36 of the top 100 with 15 being veteran artists (recording twenty years or more). Madonna was the top earning veteran artist, due to her latest tour, while Garth Brooks, AC/DC, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen fill out the sub-top five.

Katy Perry, who was mostly inactive over the last year, took a huge fall from number 3 last year with $135 million to 63 this year on $41 million. Others, who were inactive last year, jump back to the higher end of the chart including Adele, Madonna, Rihanna, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen.

The top five along with other musicians on the list (2015 position in parenthesis):

  • 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)
Falling off the list were Justin Timberlake (19 last year), Fleetwood Mac (24), Lady Gaga (25), Paul McCartney (35), Michael Buble (45), Bruno Mars (52), Drake (54), Tim McGraw (58), David Guetta (60), Florida Georgia Line (61), Zac Brown Band (78), Pharrell Williams (78), Eminem (82), Miranda Lambert (95) and Blake Shelton (95)

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