Top 25 Highest Paid Musicians Forbes’ 2017 List, Diddy, Beyonce, Drake, Weeknd, and Coldplay Tops

Diddy [Sean Combs] made more money than any other musician in 2017, according to a Forbes annual list that ranked musicians based on their earnings.

The business mogul, rapper and actor, Combs earned an estimated $130 million before taxes between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017, without removing fees charged by agents, managers and lawyers.

Beyonce ranked 2nd, with earnings estimated at $105 million, while Canadian artists Drake ($94 million) and The Weeknd ($92 million) rounded out the top four.

British band Coldplay pulled in an estimated $88 million to take the number five spot.

The Top 25 Highest Paid Musicians of 2017:

  1. Diddy ($130 million)
    (Cash cows: Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, Ciroc vodka deal, estimated $70 million
  2. Beyoncé ($105 million)
    Cash cow: Formation tour)
  3. Drake ($94 million)
    (Cash cows: The world’s most-streamed artist, Boy Meets World tour, deals with Apple, Sprite and Nike)
  4. The Weeknd ($92 million)
    (Cash cows: 5.5 billion streams in two years, touring)
  5. Coldplay ($88 million)
    (Cash cow: Head Full of Dreams tour)
  6. Guns N’ Roses ($84 million)
    (Cash cow: Not in This Lifetime tour)
  7. Justin Bieber ($83.5 million)
    (Cash cows: One billion-plus streams, Purpose tour, Calvin Klein endorsement)
  8. Bruce Springsteen ($75 million)
    (Cash cows: The River tour, “Born to Run” memoir)
  9. Adele ($69 million)
    (Cash cow: “25” album and tour)
  10. Metallica ($66.5 million)
    (Cash cows: WorldWired tour, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” album)
  11. Garth Brooks ($60 million, tie)
    (Cash cows: Touring, “The Anthology Part 1” book and boxed set)
  12. Elton John ($60 million, tie)
    (Cash cow: Touring, Las Vegas residency)
  13. Paul McCartney ($54 million, tie)
    (Cash cows: Touring, Beatles and solo catalogs)
  14. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($54 million, tie)
    (Cash cows: Touring, “Getaway” album)
  15. Jimmy Buffett ($50.5 million)
    (Cash cows: Margaritaville franchises, including hotels, restaurants, merch)
  16. Calvin Harris ($48.5 million)
    (Cash cows: Touring, “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1” album)
  17. Taylor Swift ($44 million)
    (Cash cows: Endorsements, catalog)
  18. Kenny Chesney ($42.5 million)
    (Cash cows: Touring, “Cosmic Hallelujah” album, Corona and Apple deals)
  19. Luke Bryan ($42 million)
    (Cash cows: Touring, Outdoor Channel reality show Buck Commander, Cabela’s and Miller Lite endorsements)
  20. Celine Dion ($42 million)
    (Cash cows: Touring, Las Vegas residency)
  21. Jay-Z ($42 million)
    (Cash cows: $200 million Live Nation deal)
  22. Bruno Mars ($39 million)
    (Cash cow: Touring, “24K Magic” album)
  23. Tiësto ($39 million)
    (Cash cow: Touring)
  24. The Chainsmokers ($38 million)
    (Cash cows: Touring, “Memories… Do Not Open” album, streaming)
  25. Jennifer Lopez ($38 million)
    (Cash cows: Las Vegas residency, “World of Dance” TV show
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