Forbes Reveals List Of Highest Earning Artists Of The Decade

Published: Wednesday 25th Dec 2019 by Sam

With 2019 drawing to a close, so too is the decade.

As such, there’s an influx of End Of lists. And the latest comes courtesy of Forbes, who have unveiled the tally of highest earning music artists of the decade.

Who made the cut? Find out after the jump…

Combining gross income earned from music sales, touring, endorsements, investments, and other ventures, the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, and Dr. Dre all feature.

Peep the full list via Forbes:

10. Lady Gaga $500 million
9. Katy Perry $530 million
8. Paul McCartney $535 million
7. JAY-Z $560 million
6. Elton John $565 million
5. Diddy $605 million
4. U2 $675 million
3. Beyoncé $685 million
2. Taylor Swift $825 million
1. Dr. Dre $950 million


Interestingly, the the feature notes that Michael Jackson “would be #1” with a colossal $2.37 billion if posthumous earnings were factored in.

With the King of Pop passing away a year before the start of the decade, his Estate have served as a textbook example of how to maximise a legacy. Indeed, via ventures such as DVDs, TV specials, Broadway musicals, licensing, and now a big screen biopic, they’ve kept Michael Jackson mania Moonwalking with momentum into the coming decade.

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  1. sipLizzzoJuice December 25, 2019

    Go Taylor Swift!!!!

    #1 Female in the game beating Beyoncé in the list

  2. PrismQueenKatyPerry December 25, 2019

    I’m proud of my Queen Katy ❤️❤️❤️

    Congrats Katy and also to #1 woman Taylor
    #1 Female top earner , #1 Artist of the Decade

  3. HavanaONana December 25, 2019

    Being a music star has its perks: not only do you have millions of adoring fans and can go to any event or restaurant you like, but you can also make a ton of money while doing it. That’s especially clear after Forbes released its annual rankings of the highest-earning musicians in the world. Wow, that being said, congrats Taylor Swift?

  4. Beyhived December 25, 2019

    Congrats Beyoncé the highest black female Warner!!!!???

    How come a Taylor is ahead of her?
    I smell something fishy

    • I’m back December 25, 2019

      Because she made more, duh? The only thing you smell is your hateration….✌?

      • Beyhived December 25, 2019

        But Beyoncé is the #1 diva in this game for a minute and more talented???

    • Kevon December 25, 2019

      You smell your fish .hahah

      • LionKingTheGift December 25, 2019


  5. Beyhived December 25, 2019

    Congrats Beyoncé the highest black female earner !!!!??? she’s been slaying as a solo since 2003.

    How come a Taylor is ahead of her?
    I smell something fishy

    • Del December 25, 2019

      Nah just White folks

  6. Del December 25, 2019

    No one thats emerged from 2010 plus is in this lol

  7. LionKingTheGift December 25, 2019

    Who hijacked this list? I don’t think the list is correct. Beyoncé should be the -#1
    Taylor who?

    • Queen Highest Taylor Swift December 25, 2019

      I feel sorry for you. You are such a hater and bitter. Get a life. Nothing that you said can stop the Queen Taylor’s success and fame.

      Haters be gone.

  8. Queen Highest Taylor Swift December 25, 2019

    Congratulations Queen Taylor, well deserved!

    Some people here are very jealous and hateful.
    Haters gonna hate hate hate, and the fakers gonna fake fake fake. Shake it off! Shake it off!!

  9. Gworl Bye December 25, 2019

    Why is beyonces picture on this post if Taylor Swift is the highest earning female artist of the decade?

    • Queen Highest Taylor Swift December 25, 2019

      Exactly. My point too sis. Taylor is #1 , why put the runner up as main pic? Lol

      Taylor rules!
      Billboard Artist of the Decade
      TGJ Artist of the Decade
      Woman of the Decade

      • You Tried December 26, 2019

        She had no cultural impact. Those of the years are BS

  10. Pat December 25, 2019

    King MJ Still making em look like chump change

  11. Keith December 25, 2019

    Congrats to the MJ Estate, Beyonce, and the other ladies! Hard work pays off…

  12. Caleb December 25, 2019

    How can Rihanna not be here when Forbes said she is the richest female musician ever?

    • Datredd23 December 25, 2019

      They didn’t include her Businesses in this !

  13. Ratedxxx December 25, 2019

    Beyondfake and the camel aint worth all that..

    Mariah carey makes more money than beyondfake every year….and yet you dont see her bragging about it…

    Common sense would tell you that, if they are really billionaires. Beyondfake could take a break, anx stop being a media whorre.

    • Tyty December 26, 2019

      So why would Forbes list them then? You should do stupid when has Beyoncé ever brag about how much money she makes. Taylor swift earns more than Mariah carey yet you have no problem accepting that. You are such a moron you would think after all these years spewing the same boring s*** on this blog. Beyoncé got a hold of your soul you pathetic creature.

  14. ivan December 25, 2019

    and madonna???

  15. OOPS December 26, 2019

    DANG — even dead MICHAEL JACKSON making more

  16. 2bad2bme December 26, 2019

    You Taylor Swift geeks only like her because she sales a lot profiting off of stupid white people with no taste in music. Stop hating on Beyonce because if it wasn’t for her and Kanye West at the 2009 VMAs Taylor would have been forgotten.

  17. TLD December 30, 2019

    Taylor so proud of you!!!
    This industry is alot:/
    Stay strong!!!!!

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