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Forbes names Kanye West the highest-paid musician of 2020

American rapper Kanye West is the highest-paid musician of 2020.

Not only is he the highest-paid artist, but he’s also the second-highest-paid celebrity overall, according to Forbes annual list, which dropped on Thursday (04.06.20).

Elton John came in as the second-highest-paid musician with $81 million. The third highest-paid musician is Ariana Grande, who is the highest-placing female musician at No. 17, with $72 million. Next are the Jonas Brothers with $68.5 million and fifth is the Chainsmokers with $68 million.

The bulk of West’s income derives from his massively popular Yeezy sneaker line, and from Jay-Z and Drake to Rihanna and Taylor Swift, he’s not the only one diversifying his revenue streams.

READ: Billionaire Or Not, Kylie Jenner Is The Highest-Paid Celeb

The list comes at an unprecedented time in the world and the music industry: A large percentage of the artists on the list made a large percentage of their income from touring, which most certainly will not be the case this year, with all major tours postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

READ: Kanye West’s Gospel Album ‘Jesus Is King’ Is Now His Ninth Consecutive Album To Debut At No. 1


Check out the full list below.
Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Musicians (2020)

  1. Kanye West $170 million
  2. Elton John $81 million
  3. Ariana Grande $72 million
  4. Jonas Brothers $68.5 million
  5. Chainsmokers $68 million
  6. Ed Sheeran $64 million
  7. Taylor Swift $63.5 million
  8. Post Malone $60 million
  9. Rolling Stones $59 million
  10. Marshmello $56 million
  11. Shawn Mendes $54.5 million
  12. Jay-Z $53.5 million
  13. Billie Eilish $53 million
  14. BTS $50 million
  15. Drake $49 million
  16. Jennifer Lopez $47.5 million
  17. Pink $47 million
  18. Rihanna $46 million
  19. Luke Bryan $45.5 million
  20. Backstreet Boys $45 million
  21. Phil Collins $45 million
  22. Blake Shelton $43.5 million
  23. Celine Dion $42 million
  24. The Eagles $41 million
  25. Metallica $40.5 millio

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