Forbes Reveals World’s Highest-Paid Musicians Of 2018


Ed Sheeran, UZ, Coldplay, Jay Z are among those listed in the Forbes “World’s Highest-Paid Musicians Of 2018”.

The list released on Tuesday by Forbes has 30 names on it and ranks U2 as top of the list.

Surprisingly, business mogul Rihanna, J.Cole and Dr Dre are missing from the list. While they earned well over $30 million, they didn’t quite get the cut.

The list also notes that if Beyonce and Jay Z had been merged together instead of as solo artistes, they would have ranked higher.

Forbes arrived at this earnings using “pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for agents, managers and lawyers.”

See the list below:

  1. U2 ($118 million)
  2. Coldplay ($115.5 million)
  3. Ed Sheeran ($110 million)
  4. Bruno Mars ($100 million)
  5. Katy Perry ($83 million)
  6. Taylor Swift ($80 million)
  7. Jay-Z ($76.5 million)
  8. Guns N’ Roses ($71 million)
  9. Roger Waters ($68 million)
  10. Diddy ($64 million)
  11. Beyoncé ($60 million)
  12. Kendrick Lamar ($58 million)
  13. The Weeknd ($57 million)
  14. The Eagles ($56 million)
  15. Depeche Mode ($53 million)
  16. Pink ($52 million, tie)
  17. Luke Bryan ($52 million, tie)
  18. Jimmy Buffett ($51 million)
  19. Lady Gaga ($50 million)
  20. Calvin Harris ($48 million)
  21. Paul McCartney ($47.5 million)
  22. Drake ($47 million, tie)
  23. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million, tie)
  24. Foo Fighters ($47 million, tie)
  25. Elton John ($46 million, tie)
  26. Metallica ($46 million, tie)
  27. Garth Brooks ($45.5 million, tie)
  28. The Chainsmokers ($45.5 million, tie)
  29. Billy Joel ($43.5 million)
  30. Rolling Stones ($39 million)

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