Top 50 Richest Musicians In The World 2018 Forbes Ranking
In reality, music has become one of the surest paths to great fame and massive wealth in the contemporary world. Precisely, it has gone beyond a mere reason to get entertained and feel high-spirited.
It’s quite interesting to discuss the world’s richest musicians but at times, it is difficult to ascertain the exact net worth of some artistes particularly those who dislike declaring their assets.
The global music scene is really competitive as upcoming musicians strive to win endorsement contracts from top brands while reputable artistes try every possible means to maintain their grounds in the industry. With this, it is obvious that some musicians are bound to diminish in wealth while others continue making massive sums through concert tours and multi-million endorsement deals.
This write-up is centred on the Top 50 Richest Musicians in the World based on our most recent findings. Notably, this list might not be absolutely complete because some musicians hardly declare their net worth.
Top 50 Richest Musicians In The World 2018 Forbes Ranking
1. Taylor Alison Swift
Taylor Alison Swift is an impressive female singer from America. Her music career majorly encompasses singing and songwriting and her surging prominence has made her one of the topmost recording artists in the world. Swift’s music is unique for narrating the artist’s personal life and in many parts of the world, it has received massive airplay. She embarked on a tour across the continent of North America and this has contributed to her massive wealth. Currently, the estimated net worth of $170 million makes Alison Swift the richest musician in the world. Significantly, Alison Swift’s dominance as the world’s richest musician may be attributed to the concert tour “1989’’. Across the world, the concert yielded a whopping sum in excess of $250 million and it is said that more than 60% of the sum came from the United States.
2. One Direction
One Direction is a music band comprising four artists. The group was initially composed of 5 artists until Zayn Malik broke away in 2015. Located in London, the group is of English-descent and the four existing artists (in the names of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne) are known for their interesting pop music. With the combined net worth of $110 million, One Direction makes up the second richest musician/music group in the world.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins –professionally recognized as Adele –is a prominent female singer of British descent. A native of England, Adele’s artistic profession mainly centres on singing and songwriting. In 2006, Adele finished her academic course at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Following this, XL Recordings awarded her a recording contract. At the moment, Adele is the third richest musician in the world for having amassed the net worth of $80.5 million. Meanwhile, it is said that 2016 marked the climax of her music career and contributed a significant part of her album sales.
Madonna Louise Ciccone –often known as Madonna –is a female artist whose profession spans across business, acting, songwriting, and singing. She has been an actively famous singer since the 1980’s and her impressive music earns her the nickname “Queen of Pop’’. Besides, the star actress has been a prolific figure for her great impact in widening the bounds of lyrics. Madonna made whopping revenue from the Rebel Heart and at the moment, she is estimated with the annual income of $76.5 million.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty –famously known as Rihanna –is a prominent actress, songwriter, and singer hailing from Barbados. Her birth came about in the Barbadian area of Saint Michael but she grew up in Bridgetown. To many people, Rihanna is a determined character who takes priority in her self-will over people’s opinions. She is less worried about what the audiences have to say and this has kept her music career in good shape. With the net worth of $75 million, she is precisely one of the richest musicians in the world.
6. Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks is a renowned songwriter and singer of American descent. He is one of the most prominent American singers and his fame is attributed to the blend of rock and roll components with the US music genre. Though his prominence is not really massive outside the United States, Garth Brooks is one of the wealthiest musicians in the world. As we speak, his net worth stands at $70 million.
AC/DC is a famous music band of Australian descent. It was set up by two brothers (in the names of Angus Young and Malcolm) in Sydney around the early 1970s. The band is widely recognized for its rock music which, by some people, has been dubbed “heavy metal’’. At the moment, the band has the combined net worth of $67.5 million.
8. The British Rolling Stones
The British Rolling Stones is another music band widely recognized for its rock music. The group boasts of a massive audience base and this has yielded great wealth resulting from concerts and CD sales. Annually, the group earns massive income and this is said to have contributed to the whopping net worth of $66.5 million.
9. Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris –whose birth name is Adam Richard Wiles –is a songwriter, DJ, singer and record producer descending from Scotland. In Las Vegas, he devoted much time to roaming about from casinos to elite clubs and fortunately, he emerged as the “richest electronics musician of the year’’. His immense net worth, estimated at $63 million, has made him the ninth richest musician in the world.
Puff Daddy –who goes by the birth name Sean John Combs –is a renowned record producer, actor, songwriter and rapper of American descent. His birth came about in Harlem but he actually grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. Besides Puff Daddy, he goes by nicknames such as `Diddy’, `P. Diddy’ and `Puffy’. Apart from the music career which makes up the largest portion of his wealth, Puff Daddy has succeeded tremendously in entrepreneurship and his net worth stands at $60.5 million.
11. Bruce Springsteen
Born Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen; Bruce Springsteen is a songwriter and singer of American descent. He has a number of popular works including awesome poet lyrics but he is most recognized for his collaborative work with the E Street Band. By and large, Bruce has a huge number of fans who are enamoured of his prolonged and vigorous stage performances, his unique voice and his political views which focus on New Jersey. At the moment, Bruce Springsteen’s net worth of $60.5 million makes him one of the wealthiest musicians across the globe.
12. Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney –who goes by the birth name James Paul McCartney –is a prominent artist of English descent. In view of his versatility, Paul McCartney blends skills as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. He is famous for being a co-founder of the Beatles and his successful music career has earned him the prestigious Grammy Awards 16 times. As a learned character, McCartney holds a Bachelor of Arts and serves as Chevalier of the British Empire Order. Considered one of the world’s richest musicians, Sir Paul McCartney maintains the net worth of $56.5 million.
13. Justin Bieber
Justin Drew Bieber –famously regarded as Justin Bieber –is one of the world’s most beloved musicians. He is popularly known as a songwriter and singer hailing from Canada. Justin Bieber rose to prominence after he had been observed by a talent manager who came across his YouTube videos in 2008. Following this, RBMG signed the Canadian singer and in the subsequent year , he launched his first EP titled “My World’’. Billboard Hot 100 featured seven of the songs from Justin Bieber’s debut record chart. Meanwhile, the Canadian superstar is widely acclaimed for being the first musician to achieve this distinction. At the moment, Justin Bieber’s net worth hangs around $56 million.
14. The Weeknd
The Weeknd –who goes by the birth name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye –is one of the most prominent superstars of Canadian descent. He has graced his music career as a renowned record producer, songwriter, and singer. Using the name “The Weeknd’’, Makkonen Tesfaye took to his YouTube profile and uploaded a number of songs in 2010. As regards this, many people have constantly attributed the name “The Weeknd’’ to the Canadian singer. Currently, Weekend is declared with the net worth of $55 million.
Born Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter; Beyonce is a renowned actress, dancer, songwriter and singer of US descent. She grew up in Houston, Texas –the US state where she was born. During her childhood, Beyonce featured in a number of contests as a dancer and singer. Beyonce’s music success has made her one of the most impressive female musicians across the world. So far, the Houston-born singer is a 22-time Grammy Award winner and records show that she is the female singer with the highest Grammy Award nominations. In addition, Beyonce has claimed 24 wins from the MTV Music Video Awards and is said to be the only artist with this distinction. As we speak, Beyonce’s net worth stands at $54 million.
16. Jay Z
Jay Z –who goes by the birth name Shawn Corey Carter –is a renowned businessman and rapper of US descent. Though he has made a significant mark in the business field, Jay Z is best recognized for music. His music career –which has earned him a total of 21 Grammy Awards –is undoubtedly his major source of income. In the breakdown of his music awards, Jay Z has bagged 8 awards from 25 nominations under MTV Video Music Awards; 7 awards from 32 nominations under BET Awards; 21 awards from 74 nominations under Grammy Awards; 2 awards from 69 nominations under Billboard Music Awards and 3 awards from 7 American Music Awards nominations.
Jay Z is considered one of the long-standing legendary rappers and his huge record sales (estimated in excess of 100 million) have made him one of the all-time best-selling musicians. In 2006, Jay Z was rated by MTV as the “Greatest MC of all time’’. With the current net worth of $53.5 million, Jay Z perfectly fits into this list of Top 20 Richest Musicians in the World.
17. Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan –who goes by the birth name Thomas Luther Bryan –is a professional country songwriter and singer born in the US state of Georgia in 1976. Bryan is a long-existing musician believed to have emerged into the music scene in the mid-2000s. At the time, he devoted much time to composing songs for his high-school friends and artists in the names of Billy Currington and Travis Titt. A native of Nashville Tennessee, Luke Bryan has been an active musician since 2006 and he is widely recognized for notable albums including Crash My Party (2013), Doin’ My Thing (2009), Kill the Lights (2015), Tailgates & Tanlines (2011), I’ll Stay Me (2007) and What Makes You Country (2017). Considered one of the richest musicians in the world, Luke Bryan claims the net worth of $53 million.
Muse is a band which specializes in rock music. The band was established in 1994 in the English region of Devon. It is composed of 3 prominent artists in the names of Dominic Howard [specialist in percussion and drums], Chris Wolstenholme [specialist in keyboards, backing vocals and bass guitar] and Matt Bellamy [specialist in keyboards, piano, guitar and leads vocals]. Chris Wolstenholme is a native of Rotherham while Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard are natives of Cambridge and Stockport respectively. So far, the band has appeared in three Grammy Awards nominations which came in recognition of `The Resistance’ –an album released by Muse in 2009.
At first, the band went by the name `Gothic Plague’. However, at a later time, people referred to the band as Fixed Penalty and Rocket Baby Dolls. Upon the intention to leave college and make music a full-time career in 1994, the three artists changed the band’s name to Muse. Meanwhile, Matt Bellamy is said to have motivated the two others to change the band’s name to “Muse’’ because his art teacher –Samuel Theoun –fondly said the word “Muses’’. As a short form of “Muses’’, Bellamy believed the term “Muse’’ could have a significant influence for the purpose of promotional posters. In terms of music genres, Muse is acclaimed for blending electronic with progressive rock, alternative rock, space rock, hard rock and art rock.
That’s all about the Top 50 Richest Musicians In The World 2018 Forbes Ranking.
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