Forbes has once again combed through the numbers and listed the world’s highest-paid musicians, with a handful of Hip-Hop notables making the cut. Among the stars in the listing this year: Diddy, Jay Z, Dr. Dre and Drake.
The highest-earning Hip Hop mogul was Diddy, coming in at #10 with $62 million, thanks in part to his deal with Ciroc vodka.
Beyoncé landed in the 17th spot with $54 million earned, just one spot ahead of her husband, Jay Z, who earned $53.5 million. Dr. Dre clocked in at #25 with $41 million earned and Drake didn’t do so bad for himself either, earning $38.5 million to hit #30, the list’s final spot.
Forbes’ Zack O’Malley Greenburg, a senior editor with the publication, lorded over the minutiae of numbers regarding the entertainers. It should come as no surprise that pop darling Taylor Swift sits atop the ranking after pulling in $170 million in a period between June 2015 and June 2016. Rounding out the Top 5 are boy-band One Direction at $110 million, Adele at $80.5 million, Madonna at $76.5 million, and Rihanna at $75 million.
Hotline Cha-Ching: Drake’s $38.5 million put him dead last on this list this year. Musicians are still cashing in, just in case you thought otherwise.
Greenburg’s team looked at pre-tax earnings from that range and used data from the RIAA, Nielsen and other sources including the entertainers’ own statements.
by D.L. Chandler