Highest paid musicians of 2016 revealed

Who's taken the most cash home this year?

The highest paid musicians of 2016 have been revealed, with the top celebrity earning $170 million within the past 12 months.

Taylor Swift has beaten Adele and One Direction to take the top spot on the Forbes list, despite not releasing any music this year. She has however, written songs for Rihanna and Little Big Town, which will have contributed to her earnings. She also worked on deals with the likes of Apple, Diet Coke and Keds.

One Direction’s $110 million made it to second place and Adele’s $80 million sees the singer in the third spot.

Taylor Swift '1989' World Tour - SydneyGetty

Justin Bieber is the youngest artist on the list, making it to a joint thirteenth place with an earning of $56 million. He equals Kenny Chesney. You can see the full Forbes list below.

  1. Taylor Swift ($170 million)
  2. One Direction ($110 million)
  3. Adele ($80.5 million)
  4. Madonna ($76.5 million)
  5. Rihanna ($75 million)
  6. Garth Brooks ($70 million)
  7. AC/DC ($67.5 million)
  8. Rolling Stones ($66.5 million)
  9. Calvin Harris ($63 million)
  10. Diddy ($62 million)
  11. Bruce Springsteen ($60.5 million)
  12. Paul McCartney ($56.5 million)
  13. Justin Bieber ($56 million, tie)
  14. Kenny Chesney ($56 million, tie)
  15. U2 ($55 million, tie)
  16. The Weeknd ($55 million, tie)
  17. Beyoncé ($54 million)
  18. Jay Z ($53.5 million)
  19. Luke Bryan ($53 million)
  20. Muse ($49 million)

It was also announced this week that Taylor Swift is set to have her own TV show on a new streaming service from US telecoms company AT&T.

It was announced back in October that the company had teamed up with Swift for “a major, exclusive multi-year, multi-faceted deal featuring performances and content”. The deal includes a AT&T-sponsored pre-Super Bowl gig in Houston, Texas next February. Reacting to the news on Twitter at the time, Swift said that “this is gonna be fun”.

Now AT&T has launched new streaming service DirecTV Now and teased a new show called Taylor Swift Now, promising “unique and never seen videos”.

Swift recently extended her publishing deal with Sony/ATV, while it has also been reported that she is back in the studio.



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