Madonna once sang “experience has made me rich,” and she just keeps getting richer each year. Forbes has unveiled its list of the World’s Highest Paid Musicians of 2016, and the dance-pop diva has landed at #4 on the tally after earning $76.5 million over the past year.
The magazine notes that Madonna’s lucrative year was due in large part to the success of her Rebel Heart tour, which grossed $170 million. Her perfume and clothing lines also added to her coffers.
Among the other veteran artists appearing on the Forbes list are The Rolling Stones, which finished at #8 after bringing in $66.5 million in 2016. Fueling the British rock legends’ earnings were the 27 shows that the band played in stadiums and other large venues this past year.
Other well-paid musicians on Forbes‘ 2016 tally include Bruce Springsteen at #11 with $60.5 million in earnings; Paul McCartney at #12 with $56.5 million earned; U2 at #15 with $55 million earned; Elton John at #24 with $42 million earned; and Jimmy Buffett at #27 with $40.5 million earned.
Forbes‘ highest-paid music artist overall for 2016 is pop star Taylor Swift, who raked in $170 million. Along the way, the singer broke The Rolling Stones’ record for the highest-grossing North American trek.
You can check out of the full list at Forbes.com.
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Source: Oldies News