Taylor Swift is on top of the music world, not to mention the entire entertainment industry!
Swift, 26, snagged the biggest single-year payday of her career on the backs of a career-defining 2016, according to Forbes’ just-released list of the the year’s highest-paid musicians. Pulling in a jaw-dropping $170 million, the “Bad Blood” singer’s year featured numerous highlights such as: a record-breaking North American tour, millions of album sales and big-time endorsements with the likes of Diet Coke and Apple. Not only did she top the list of world’s highest paid musicians, she’s also the highest paid celebrity on the planet.
Sliding into second place with a cool $110 million is the top-earning boyband of all time, One Direction. The group may be on hiatus, but their recent On The Road Again Tour raked in over $200 million. Joining her fellow Brits is “Hello” singer Adele, with $80.5 million. What helps the fan-favourite stand out among the crowd is how she remains one of the few acts still making more on recorded music than anything else.
Rounding out the top five earning musicians of 2016 – which was calculated between June 1 of 2015 to June 1 of 2016 – are the legendary Madonna ($76.5 million) and Rihanna ($75 million). The former made a pretty penny thanks to the tail end of her Rebel Heart Tour, while pop’s resident bad girl RiRi paired her income from live tours with big-time deals with Dior, Puma, Samsung and Stance.
Filling out the rest of the top 10 is the Garth Brooks ($70 million), AC/DC ($67.5 million), Rolling Stones ($66.5 million), Calvin Harris ($63 million) and Diddy ($62 Million).