The Highest-Paid Musicians of 2017

Musicians have a cool job touring the world and playing their music. But it doesn’t always mean they will rake in a lot cash. Many artists have to tour in order to make money and come up with gigs on the side like brand deals. However, there are many celebrities who have played it smart.

Musicians and DJs have managed to make big money in different avenues. Forbes has released its Highest Paid Celebrities of 2017 list. We decided to sift through the top earners to point out which people in music have made it to the top of the list.

So which celebrities are the biggest money makers in the music industry? Here are the 25 highest paid musicians of 2017.

25. The Chainsmokers – $38 million

The Chainsmokers are behind the DJ booth together.

The Chainsmokers performs onstage during 103.5 KTU’s KTUphoria 2016 | Theo Wargo/Getty Images

The DJ duo has been making waves on the music scene. Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall have a net worth of $38 million, according to Forbes. A big part of that has been being able to release multiple hits like “Closer” and “Paris.” But the biggest contributor is that they signed an exclusive three-year deal with Wynn Nightlife in Las Vegas. The company has two nightclubs where they have been performing, XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club.

“We are so thrilled to have this residency at the Wynn,” Alex Pall said in a press release. “They represent the best of what Las Vegas has to offer and we look forward to a great partnership.”

It’s a pretty risky move for both parties. The duo isn’t allowed to perform anywhere else for three years, and the company is betting that they’ll stay just as popular in a fickle business. But it looks like it has worked out in their favor so far.

24. Jennifer Lopez – $38 million

Jennifer Lopez performing at the '1999 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards' at The Armory in New York City.

Jennifer Lopez | Scott Gries/ImageDirect

The pop star broke into the top 25 by having a net worth of $38 million, according to Forbes. A big part of that is that she is not only a judge for the show World of Dance, but is an executive producer on it. The same goes for her crime drama, Shades of Blue.

23. Tiësto – $39 million

Tiesto is work on a sound board and smiling at the camera.

Tiesto performs on SiriusXM’s ‘Electric Aquarium’ Series | Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

The Dutch DJ’s net worth is $39 million, according to Forbes. His biggest source of income has been touring and taking home nightly fees. He also signed up with Hakkasan Group for another year to perform at multiple venues in Las Vegas, according to Billboard.

22. Bruno Mars – $39 million

Bruno Mars during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium

Bruno Mars | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The crooner is still on a hot streak with his hits and now has a net worth of $39 million, according to Forbes. It looks like the source of his wealth is mostly from touring. He also might move up the list soon enough, as there are reports that he is in talks with multiple companies to potentially do a residency.

21. Jay Z – $42 million

Jay Z poses on the red carpet in a dark suit.

Jay Z attends the The Great Gatsby world premiere | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

The rapper is now more so behind the scenes of the music industry. His net worth is $42 million, according to Forbes. Part of that comes from his touring with Live Nation, which was a $200 million deal according to Forbes. He also still has a number of companies that he owns, including Roc Nation, Armand de Brignac, and Tidal.

20. Celine Dion – $42 million

Singer Celine Dion is posing in a green dress on the red carpet.

Singer Celine Dion | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The Canadian powerhouse makes the bulk of her money from her Las Vegas residency. She also still goes on tour outside of her residency. Now, she is branching out and is releasing a fashion line. Her net worth is $42 million, according to Forbes.

19. Luke Bryan – $42 million

Luke Bryan is performing on stage.

Luke Bryan | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The country singer made it into the list with a net worth of $42 million, according to Forbes. He has also done some reality television with Buck Commander, where celebrities partner up with TV personality and outdoorsman Willie Robertson to go hunting. He also co-owns the company Buck Commander with Robertson.

18. Kenny Chesney – $42.5 million

Kenny Chesney is on the ground performing on stage and is holding a microphone in the air.

Kenny Chesney | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

The country singer’s net worth is $42.5 million. He released new music last year with Cosmic Hallelujah, and has been busy touring for the album. He also has side gigs like his beverage company, Blue Chair Bay rum. He’s also made money from appearing in Apple Music and Corona ads.

17. Taylor Swift – $44 million

Taylor Swift performs on stage

Taylor Swift performs on stage | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

The pop star is known for being pretty business savvy, so it’s no surprise she makes the list at $44 million, according to Forbes. She falls a little bit lower than in the past, given she has just finished touring and releasing new music. But her 1989 tour was very successful, and she has had numerous endorsements including Keds, Apple, DirecTV and AT&T.

16. Calvin Harris – $48.5 million

Calvin Harris has his arms up behind the DJ booth.

Calvin Harris | Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

The DJ makes it high on the list at $48.5 million, according to Forbes. Part of that comes from touring and the deal he signed with Hakkasan Group to perform in their Las Vegas venues. It also doesn’t hurt that he has songwriting credits on many other musicians’ work.

15. Jimmy Buffett – $50.5 million

Jimmy Buffett is smiling and resting his hands on his guitar while on stage.

Jimmy Buffett | Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The actor and performer’s persona is all about relaxing, but he actually works a lot and makes money from it. According to Forbes, his net worth is $50.5 million. A lot of this has to do with his company, Margaritaville, which includes hotels, restaurants, and a satellite radio station.

14. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $54 million

Anthony Kiedis is shirtless and is singing on stage.

Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs | Rob Carr/Getty Images

The band is still holding strong and their net worth is $54 million, according to Forbes. They seemingly have been able to beat so many others on the list primarily from touring.

13. Paul McCartney – $54 million

Paul McCartney performs onstage during "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles"

Paul McCartney | Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

The legend is high on the list with his net worth at $54 million, according to Forbes. He is currently touring the world and will probably never hurt to find fans to see him. He is also collecting royalty checks from his past work.

12. Elton John – $60 million

Elton John is in a red suit jacket and playing the piano on stage.

Elton John | Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for dcp

Another British legend makes it high on the list. His net worth is $60 million, according to Forbes. He has been busy touring this year and will be performing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas later this year. He also has a cool gig composing music for Broadway’s The Devil Wears Prada.

11. Garth Brooks – $60 million

Garth Brooks has his arms spread out as he performs on stage.

Garth Brooks | Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images

The country singer not only tours but isn’t afraid to play multiple venues in one day. He also signed an exclusive streaming deal with Amazon Music. You can spot him in Amazon Alexa commercials because of this. His net worth is $60 million, according to Forbes.

10. Metallica – $66.5 million

Kirk Hammett of Metallica with Lou Reed.

Kirk Hammett of Metallica performs with Lou Reed | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

The metal group is still releasing new music and continues to tour the world. They have most likely been making a large chuck of money off their merchandise over the years. According to Forbes, this has resulted in them having a net worth of $66.5 million.

9. Adele – $69 million

Adele has her eyes closed and her arms stretched out as she's singing on stage.

Adele | Ian Gavan/Getty Images

The powerhouse came back to the scene with her album, 25. She broke records with the record’s sales, so it’s not surprising that her tour did pretty well, too. Her net worth is $69 million, according to Forbes. The most impressive thing about her ranking is that she is also notoriously known for being against endorsements to make money on the side.

8. Bruce Springsteen – $75 million

Bruce Springsteen is performing on stage with a guitar.

Bruce Springsteen | Jo Hale/Getty Images

The musician wrote a memoir, Born to Run, which made a shocking $10 million. He also released a compilation album, Chapter and Verse. Additionally, he has been back touring, making his net worth $75 million, according to Forbes.

7. Justin Bieber – $83.5 million

Justin Bieber is onstage with one arm up in the air.

Justin Bieber | Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

The singer has been able to keep his career alive into adulthood and has made a lot of money while doing it. According to Forbes, his net worth is $83.5 million. Some of that is from touring, but he also has endorsement deals, one of which is with Calvin Klein underwear. He also released his own set of emojis called JustMoji.

6. Guns N’ Roses – $84 million

Guns N' Roses is on stage under yellow lights.

Guns N’ Roses | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The rock band is still going strong with touring. The original members were reportedly seeking more than $100 million in order to reunite, according to Forbes. It looks like they have made it pretty close given their placement on the list.

5. Coldplay – $88 million

Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin is singing into a microphone.

Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin | Scott Gries/ImageDirect

The British band is still going strong touring. Not too long ago, they performed at the Super Bowl with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. According to Forbes, their net worth is now $88 million.

4. The Weeknd – $92 million

The Weeknd is on stage holding up a microphone and performing on stage.

The Weeknd | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

The singer is relatively new on the music scene, but he’s already passing a lot of other artists in terms of his earnings. According to Forbes, his net worth is $92 million. Part of that comes from touring, but he also signed an endorsement deal with Puma last year.

3. Drake – $94 million

Drake is talking on stage in a black suit.

Drake is a huge sports fan | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Drake is definitely one of the most popular rappers on the scene right now. He makes it close to the top of the list at $94 million, according to Forbes. He is busy touring and being the most-streamed artist at the moment. He also has endorsements with Nike, Apple, and Sprite.

2. Beyoncé – $105 million

Beyonce is in a black dress and black hat while standing on a porch surrounded by men in suits.

Beyonce in “Formation” | Columbia

The superstar made a huge return to music with her album, Lemonade. That led to a successful tour, merchandise, and more. So it’s no surprise that she is so far at the top of the list with a net worth of $105 million, according to Forbes. Her investments in Tidal and Sprint also reportedly saw a rise this year.

1. Sean Combs – $130 million

Sean Combs holding a bottle of Ciroc at a pool party

Sean “Diddy” Combs hosts a party at the Wet Republic pool | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Diddy tops the list at $130 million net worth, partially thanks to his Bad Boy Reunion Tour. But for a while now, his biggest money makers have been his business ventures, like Diageo’s Ciroc vodka and his Sean John clothing line.

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