10 Highest-Paid Musicians in the World

Somehow Diddy makes the list
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2016 2:32 PM CST
10 Highest-Paid Musicians in the World
Taylor Swift performs on the eve of the Formula One US Grand Prix auto race at Circuit of the Americas, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Taylor Swift is officially bigger than the Rolling Stones—at least in North America. In Forbes' list of the 30 highest-paid musicians of 2016, Swift takes the top spot by breaking the North American touring record formerly held by the Rolling Stones. She also has endorsements in the seven figures, which is one of the reasons why she's also the year's highest-paid celebrity, period. Forbes came up with its rankings by looking at pretax income between June 2015 and June 2016. Here are the 10 musicians who made the most in 2016:

  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
See the full list here. (Read more Taylor Swift stories.)

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