Rihanna, Beyonce And Taylor Swift Make Bank On Billboard‘s Highest Music Earners List

  • Rihanna

  • Dave Matthews Band

  • Mumford & Sons

  • Michael Bublé

  • Jay Z

  • George Strait

  • Jason Aldean

  • One Direction

  • Bruno Mars

  • Justin Bieber

  • Fleetwood Mac

  • P!nk

  • Luke Bryan

  • Maroon 5

  • Beyoncé

  • The Rolling Stones

  • Bon Jovi

  • Justin Timberlake

  • Kenny Chesney

  • Taylor Swift

Lately we’ve been talking an awful lot about the hazards associated with being a world-renowned musician, and it kind of bummed us out. But then Billboard published its annual list of the highest earners in music, which reminded us that being a rock star is actually really awesome.

It should come has no surprise that the music biz is a multi-million dollar industry, but it’s still pretty incredible to hear how much these famous folks take home. Of course, the usual suspects like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z crash the list thanks to their monster albums, and touring machines like Rihanna and Taylor Swift also made a decent chunk of change for themselves. From young buck’s like Justin Bieber, to old timers like The Rolling Stones, the ages run the gamut -and so do the musical styles! Head up to the gallery above to learn the 20 highest earners in music. And when you’re done, head over to Billboard to see the rest of the list!

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