breaking news

Clark County Fair Schedule: Find out what’s happening every day

Taylor Swift, Beyonce, others make Forbes' highest-paid artists list


It turns out the tour tickets still make many musicians the most money.

In an age where music itself doesn't sell as much as it used to, it's one of the metrics Forbes used to determine which artist is the most-paid artist of 2016.

>> Read more trending stories

Other rankings used by the magazine are data from the Recording Industry Association of America, data measurement company Nielsen , concert tour publication Pollstar and interviews with artists' agents, lawyers and, in some cases, artists. The rankings were determined from pre tax income and that data was collected from  June 1, 2015, to June 1, 2016.

At No. 1 is Taylor Swift.

Months after it was announced Swift would headline a special concert the day before the Super Bowl, her tour -- combined with album sales and endorsement deals with Apple, Diet Coke and Keds  -- made her $170 million.

Also on the list is One Direction at No. 2 with $110 million, Adele at No. 3 with $80.5 million, Madonna with $76.5 million, and Rihanna at No. 5 with $75 million.

Adele is one of the few artists on the list for whom the bulk of her income is from record sales and not tours or endorsement deals.

The Rolling Stones are No. 8 making $66.6 million, Justin Bieber is No. 13 with $56 million and Beyonce is No. 17 with $54 million. Her husband, Jay Z, is right behind her, making $53.5 million at No. 18.

Forbes said that Beyonce is on track to be number one on the list for 2017, but most of the tour dates that may get her there happened after the period Forbes used for its rankings.

The full list can be viewed as a gallery at Forbes.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Springfield Entertainment

Louis Tomlinson heeds dying mother's wish, reconciles with ex-bandmate Zayn Malik
Louis Tomlinson heeds dying mother's wish, reconciles with ex-bandmate Zayn Malik

Louis Tomlinson said he honored a special request from his dying mother last December: The One Direction member reconciled with former bandmate Zayn Malik. >> Read more trending news The Sun reported that before her death from leukemia at age 42, Johannah Deakin initiated a secret reconciliation between her son and Malik, who had not spoken to...
Prince George marks his fourth birthday with official photo
Prince George marks his fourth birthday with official photo

Prince George celebrates his fourth birthday on Saturday, and the royal family released photographs of the beaming child, the Independent reported. >> Read more trending news The son of Prince William and his wife Kate is third in line to the British throne. In a statement, Kensington Palace said that "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are...
When it’s hot or stormy, there’s always this ... 
When it’s hot or stormy, there’s always this ... 

Well, based on today’s forecast you might be hot and miserable or stuck indoors due to storms. Sounds like a perfect weekend for the movies. And some great new releases hit theaters this weekend, plus you could always take in a few classics. Longtime friends trek to New Orleans for wild times. Cast: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith...
Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies 
Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies 

Kenny Shields, the lead singer of Canadian classic rock ‘n’ roll band Streetheart, died Friday after cardiac surgery in Winnipeg, CBC News reported. He was 69. >> Read more trending news Shields and Streetheart charted during the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “Action,” “Hollywood,” &ldquo...
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ champion dog Pudsey dies
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ champion dog Pudsey dies

Former “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Ashleigh Butler announced the death of her beloved dog, Pudsey on Friday, ITV reported. >> Read more trending news Butler, who won the 2012 season title on the ITV television show with Pudsey -- a mix of border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested -- posted an emotional tribute on her...
More Stories