Taylor Swift is World’s Highest-Paid Musician 2016

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Taylor Swift

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.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

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.

One Direction
One Direction

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.

TODAY -- Pictured: Adele performs on the "Today" show on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY — Pictured: Adele performs on the “Today” show on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 — (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

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

Madonna
Madonna

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.

Rihanna
Rihanna

6. Garth Brooks ($70 million)
Comeback tour began in 2014, set to stretch into 2017; total gross has soared well into nine-figure territory.

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks

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.

AC/DC
AC/DC

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.

Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones

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.

Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris

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.

Diddy
Diddy

Source: Forbes

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