Taylor Swift is the world’s highest-paid musician—and the highest-paid celebrity of any stripe—over the past year, according to Forbes. But there are plenty of others raking in double-digit millions. Sorry, Kanye West, Beyoncé & J-Jay-Z are outside the top 10.
1. Taylor Swift ($170 million)
Smashed Rolling Stones’ touring record with a gross north of $200 million in North America; added millions more from brands including Keds, Diet Coke and Apple.
2. One Direction ($110 million)
Top-earning boyband of all time is now on hiatus, but tail end of $200 million-plus On The Road Again tour kept earnings higher than any active band.
3. Adele ($80.5 million)
Actually made most of her money on album sales—and grossed millions per night for arena shows, resulting in highest annual earnings total of her career.
4. Madonna ($76.5 million)
Rebel Heart tour grossed $170 million, bringing career total on the road to $1.4 billion pretax; made additional millions on perfume and clothing
5. Rihanna ($75 million)
Scored her 21st top five single, tying Elvis Presley’s chart record; padded totals through endorsement deals with Dior, Puma, Samsung and Stance.
6. Garth Brooks ($70 million)
Comeback tour began in 2014, set to stretch into 2017; total gross has soared well into nine-figure territory.
7. AC/DC ($67.5 million)
No frontman? No problem. Rockers replaced ailing singer Brian Johnson with Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose; the former may return next year.
8. Rolling Stones ($66.5 million)
Played just 27 shows during our scoring period, many in American football stadiums, yet out-earned whippersnappers like Justin Bieber and The Weekend.
9. Calvin Harris ($63 million)
World’s highest-paid DJ made most of his money off Las Vegas gigs, but continues to put out hits like “This Is What You Came For” with listmate Rihanna.
10. Diddy ($62 million)
Makes most of his bucks from outrageously lucrative deal with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka and other non-musical ventures; still had time for Bad Boy Reunion Tour this year.