Forbes‘ annual Highest-Paid Celebrities list is out, and there are plenty of musicians on there, including one who returned the profession to the top of the list for the first time since Beyoncé in 2014. Here are the top 10 musicians on this year’s rich list.
10. Diddy (Earnings: $62 million; Forbes Rank: #22)
First up is Sean Combs, who currently goes by the pseudonym of Diddy (who knows where the Puff part disappeared to). The 46-year-old hip-hop mogul comes in at a respectable number 22 on this year's list with earnings of $62 Million, thanks primarily to "an outrageously lucrative deal with Diageo's Ciroc vodka and other non-musical ventures." It's alright for some.
9. Calvin Harris (Earnings: $63 million; Forbes Rank: #21)
Earning a mere $1 million more than Diddy, the Scottish DJ rakes it in from high-profile appearances and gigs, mostly in Las Vegas.
8. Rolling Stones (Earnings: $66.5 million; Forbes Rank: #18)
Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Bill have done rather well this year, earning a pretty penny from massive stadium shows across North America. They even piled up more cash this year than Justin Bieber or Katy Perry - nice going, boys.
7. AC/DC (Earnings: $67.5 million; Forbes Rank: #17)
Who'd have thought recruiting Axl Rose as your new singer would be such a painless masterstroke? The Scottish-Australian band have managed to ride the storm following Brian Johnson's unfortunate departure, earning a princely sum for their efforts this year.
6. Garth Brooks (Earnings: $70 million; Forbes Rank: #15)
No, not the Football Focus pundit, but the country music star who certainly preached to the choir in his native country this year. Earning his dollar from a two-year comeback tour across North America, Brooks is one huge deal - even if you've never heard of him before laying eyes upon his cowboy hat here.
5. Rihanna (Earnings: $75 million; Forbes Rank: #13)
Putting in that work, work, work this year, Ri-Ri has scooped up a cool $75 million through record sales, tours and various dollar-dollar-bill-earning endorsements.
4. Madonna (Earnings: $76.5 million; Forbes Rank: #12)
Madge earned big this year from her Rebel Heart tour, which grossed $170 million - not too shabby, we think you'll agree. And her overall net worth? Oh, just an estimated $560 million.
3. Adele (Earnings: $80.5 million; Forbes Rank: #9)
When your third album ('25') sells 20 million copies in seven months, you know you'll never be short of a fiver. The Tottenham singer also raked it in through her world arena tour, while she's the only musician on the Forbes list who made more than half her money from music.
2. One Direction (Earnings: $110 million; Forbes Rank: #2)
Pipped to top spot are the now-defunct boyband - sorry, on-hiatus - who went out with a bang following last year's farewell tour. The On The Road Again touring extravaganza gathered in a cool $200 million - not a bad parting gift, eh?
1. Taylor Swift (Earnings: $170 million; Forbes Rank: #1)
Top of the tree is Taylor, who had a billboard 12 months - particularly in the touring sense. Grossing $200 million in North America alone from her stadium tour, she broke the continental record held previously by the Rolling Stones - we're not sure Mick would've been too happy about losing that particular honour.