Forbes has published its rankings of the highest-paid musicians in the world.
The list is based on information from data sources including Pollstar, the RIAA, Nielsen, SoundScan, managers, lawyers, and artists, Forbes said.
Touring income accounts for much of the earnings that the best-paid artists make. Have a look at who made the list. Next
26. Tiësto: $32m (tie)
Dutch DJ Tiësto, who performed at the Ocean Club in Quincy over the summer, played more than 140 shows last year, and landed a residency at the Las Vegas club Hakkasan, according to Forbes. Next
25. Tim McGraw: $33m (tie)
The Grammy winner brought his “2 Lanes to Freedom “ tour to the Comcast Center in Mansfield in June. Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jacqui Webb was the singer’s guest at the concert, according to The Boston Globe.
Forbes said McGraw’s move to Big Machine Records boosted his new album to a No. 2 debut, and helped his bottom line. Next
23. Katy Perry: $39m (tie)
Katy Perry opened the American Music Awards with her new single, “Uncdonditionally,” which is from her new album “Prism.” The album opened at No. 1 on the Billboard chart when it was released.
Perry’s private performances, fragrance deal with Coty, agreement with snack maker Popchips, and 2012 biopic “Part of Me” all added to her fortune, Forbes said.
23. Rolling Stones: $39m (tie)
The Rolling Stones returned to Boston in June for the band’s “50 & Counting Tour.” Forbes said that the Stones played 19 shows during the publication’s scoring period, but still earned enough per performance (and from royalties on their music catalog) to make the list.
No. 21 Red Hot Chili Peppers: $40m (tie)
Forbes reported the band has been touring regularly to support its latest release, “I’m With You,” which came out in 2011. The tour has been grossing more than $1 million per city, Forbes said. Next
No. 21 Dr. Dre: $40m (tie)
The hip-hop mogul, whose real name is Andre Young, has a successful headphone company, Beats by Dr. Dre, that he co-founded with music industry entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine. The pair recently donated $70 million to create the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation at the University of Southern California. Next
No. 17 Muse: $43m (tie)
Forbes said Muse may be the least famous name among the top earners in music. Concert data from Pollstar shows the band grossed about $1 million per city over 70 shows, Forbes said. Next
No. 16 Roger Waters: $44m
The former Pink Floyd frontman performed earlier this month at “Stand Up for Heroes,” a fund-raising benefit that supports wounded veterans through the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Forbes reported that Waters’ “The Wall Live” tour grossed half a billion dollars over the last three years.
No. 15 Jennifer Lopez: $45m
After taking a hiatus, Jennifer Lopez is returning to the judge’s chair on “American Idol” this coming season. The singer, actress, and entrepreneur kept up her earnings with a world tour that grossed more than $1 million per night, and a starring role in “Q’Viva,” a Latin song competition on Fox, Forbes said.
In May, Lopez announced plans to open 15 cellphone stores and a website under the Viva Movil brand. The venture is aimed at selling Verizon phones and services to Latinos. Next
No. 14 Calvin Harris: $46m
The singer-songwriter is currently the world’s highest-paid DJ, Forbes said. He earns most of his money from performing, and also takes in money writing and producing songs like “We Found Love” for Rihanna, Forbes said. Next
No. 13 Paul McCartney: $47m
British pop star Paul McCartney brought his “Out There” tour to Fenway Park over the summer.
Forbes said the former Beatle makes his living from touring and his music publishing holdings. He released his most recent solo album, “New,” in October. Next
No. 12 Diddy: $50m
Sean "Diddy" Combs is the richest man in hip-hop, according to Forbes. His income flows from a deal with Ciroc vodka, record label Bad Boy, clothing line Sean Jean, and marketing firm Blue Flame.
In February, Diddy and Boston native Mark Wahlberg announced they are overseeing “business strategy” for the Southern California-based water brand AQUAhydrate.
Diddy also launched the Revolt TV network in October with 25 million subscribers, Forbes said. Next
No. 10 Kenny Chesney: $53m (tie)
The country star has performed at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough 10 times, most recently in August at the New England Country Music Festival.
Most of his earnings come from his summer tours, and to a lesser extent, his annual albums, Forbes said.
He also has his own rum called Blue Chair Bay, which launched in early 2013, Forbes said.
No. 10 Beyonce: $53m (tie)
Beyonce brought her tour, “The Mrs. Carter Show,” to TD Garden in July, and she will return on Dec. 20.
She earns more than $2 million in every city she plays, and takes in more money from ventures with Pepsi, H&M, and the House of Dereon clothing line, Forbes said. Next
No. 9 Elton John: $54m
The 66-year-old John performed at TD Garden earlier this month to a sell-out crowd.
Forbes said John averages more than $1 million in earnings per city, per night. His latest solo album is “The Diving Board.” Next
No. 8 Taylor Swift: $55m
Taylor Swift performed in July at Gillette Stadium, where she was joined onstage by Carly Simon to sing “You’re So Vain” in front of a sell-out crowd.
Her fourth studio album, “Red,” sold 1.2 million copies during the week of its release in October 2012, Forbes said.
Aside from touring, Swift makes money through endorsement deals with Diet Coke, Sony, and Covergirl, Forbes said.
No. 6 Bruce Springsteen: $62m
The Boss’s 18th studio album, “High Hopes, is scheduled for release on Jan. 14. His 2012 effort “Wrecking Ball” was named top album of the year by “Rolling Stone” magazine.
Forbes credits concert grosses in excess of $1 million per city during his most recent tour for his high ranking on this year’s list. Next
No. 5 Coldplay: $64m
The group led by frontman Chris Martin earned more than $3 million per city during its world tour, Forbes said. The band also has a lot of star power. Martin is married to Gwenyth Paltrow, and the couple is often spotted with Beyonce and Jay Z. Next
No. 4 Toby Keith: $65m
Forbes reported that Keith has earned $270 million over the last five years through record sales, touring, opening restaurants, and launching a mezcal line, Wild Shot. Next
No. 3 Bon Jovi: $79m
Jon Bon Jovi’s publicist recently shot down a report that he’s angling to buy the Buffalo Bills. Still the New Jersey rocker is interested in becoming a NFL owner one day.
Bon Jovi performed at Gillette Stadium in July with the J. Geils Band.
His tour, “Because We Can,” is grossing more than $3 million per city, Forbes said. Next
No. 2 Lady Gaga: $80m
Lady Gaga recently hosted “Saturday Night Live,” where she performed “Do What U Want” with R. Kelly.
In 2012, she came to Cambridge to launch her Born This Way Foundation at Harvard University.
Her most recent tour grossed $168 million, despite having to cut her schedule short due to a hip injury, Forbes said. Had she been able to continue on the road, the tour would have likely topped $200 million, Forbes said. Next
No. 1 Madonna: $125m
The Materia Girl left her fellow musicians in the dust when it came to earnings in 2013.
Forbes said her MDNA Tour grossed $305 million while she took in even more money through merchandise sales, her Material Girl clothing line, and Truth or Dare fragrance. Back to the beginning
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