Ever since Kanye West and Taylor Swift had that unforgettable run-in at the MTV Video Music Awards almost a decade ago, their rollercoaster on-off feud has been one of music’s greatest love-hate relationships of all time.
Now, the dynamic duo are battling it out once again for the title of music’s highest-paid act. And this time around, Taylor wins landing the top spot on the Forbes list of Highest-Earning Musicians for 2019, her second time in five years. Yes, the superstar songstress took in an estimated $185 million this year alone, trailed by Kanye, who was not far behind with $150 million thanks to a surge in sales of his adidas Yeezy sneakers line and the release of one super-popular gospel album.
Forbes’ Top Earning Musicians of 2019:— chart data (@chartdata) December 6, 2019
#1 Taylor Swift $185M
#2 Kanye West $150M
#3 Ed Sheeran $110M
#4 Eagles $100M
#5 Elton John $84M
#6 Jay-Z/Beyoncé $81M
#8 Drake $75M
#9 Diddy $70M
#10 Metallica $68.M
#11 Rihanna $62M
#12 Travis $58M
#13 JT/Katy $57.5M
#15 P!nk/BTS $57M
Ranging from hip-hop to pop and rock, this year’s list featured various artists; at No.3 is British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran who earned a cool $110 million, music’s royal couple, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, tied in sixth place with $81 million each, while Drake (8th) and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (9th) trailed not that far behind at $75 million and $70 million respectively.
Surprisingly, Rihanna, who just launched her brand Fenty with LVMH this year, made the list at No.11 with $62 million. Other notable top 40 earners also included Travis Scott at No. 12 with $58 million, BTS at No.15 with $57 million, The Weekend at No.29 with $40 million and Migos at No.40 with $36 million.
Unfortunately, this year’s list once again highlights the unfortunate reality of the music business, with only ten women making the top 40 ranking — a marginal improvement over 2018’s one-in-five ratio.
The female artists included Ariana Grande at No.22 with $48 million, Lady Gaga at No.32 with $39.5 million and Celine Dion at No.38 with $37.5 million.
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