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Highest Paid Musicians 2018

Updated on December 14, 2018
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KLAhm is a pop culture fanatic who has been writing about music online for over two years.

John Bon Jovi | Source
John Bon Jovi | Source

Along this years, the musicians has been on an outstanding careers. They are about to sell more songs, albums, and more show to perform. They keep on making money and spin their profits to make them more powerful than ever to be on top. This year, familiar names like U2 and Lady Gaga lead the 2018 top-earning acts. Here are some of the top paid musicians of 2018

Top 10 Highest paid Musicians 2018

1. U2

2. Bon Jovi

3. Elton John

4. Lady Gaga

5. Michael Bublé

6. Paul McCartney

7. The Black Eyed Peas

8. The Eagles

9. Justin Bieber

10. Dave Matthews Band

1. U2 ($195 millon)

U2 | Source
U2 | Source

Not only the top Money Maker of 2017, the veteran Dublin rockers are also the highest-ranking newcomers to this year’s list. The bulk of the band’s $54.4 million in take-home pay came from its Joshua Tree Tour, which played 28 U.S. dates, including a headlining slot at the Bonnaroo music festival. Bono & Co.’s recorded work generated $2.4 million of the act’s total take, but even that revenue got a boost from its live show. U2’s 2017 album, Songs of Experience, was bundled with ticket sales for its 2018 Experience + Innocence Tour, which helped it debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last December, the band’s eighth chart-topper. The LP generated 186,000 equivalent album sales in its first week of release, the most of any rock album for the year

2. Bon Jovi ($125 million)

Bon Jovi | Source
Bon Jovi | Source

In a year without an album release -- the band’s last LP, This House Is Not for Sale, came out in 2016 -- the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ U.S. sales, streaming and publishing royalties still amounted to a respectable $1.6 million.

3. Elton John ($100 million)

Elton John | Source
Elton John | Source

English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor, Sir Elton Hercules John has a net worth of $480 million in 2015. Sir Elton John is the second richest singer in UK. In his four-decade career John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. The prolific songwriter and a flamboyant performer, had 30 different hits on the top 40 charts between 1970 and 1982. He has won six Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award.

4. Lady Gaga ($90 million)

Lady Gaga | Source
Lady Gaga | Source

Gaga released her last album, Joanne, in 2016, so it’s no surprise that her 2017 recorded-music sales were relatively muted. Digital track sales, totaling 2.3 million downloads, were strongest. Her biggest check came from having the No. 6 tour of last year.

5. Michael Bublé ($70 million)

Michael Bublé | Source
Michael Bublé | Source

Canadian actor, songwriter, and actor Michael Buble has gained more than $70 million this year. Buble has received four Grammy Awards for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category. Meanwhile, he was a recipient of 12 Juno Awards from 2004 through 2015.

Michael Buble started making his own name in the international audience after the launch of his 2005 album "It's About Time". Two years later, his album, titled "Call Me Irresponsible", was launched. The album peaked at #1 on several music charts including the Canadian, UK, and other European Albums Charts, as well as the US Billboard 200 and the Australian ARIA albums chart.

6. Paul McCartney ($67 million)

Paul McCartney | Source
Paul McCartney | Source

As he did in 2017, Macca finishes in the top 20, making bank on his frequent touring and from owning his post-Beatles catalog. He also benefits from particularly high royalty rates for his cut of The Fab Four’s perennially popular repertoire.

7. The Black Eyed Peas ($67 million)

The Black Eyed Peas | Source
The Black Eyed Peas | Source

The business-friendly rockers grossed $68 million on 62 shows around the world over the past 12 months and added to their coffers with lucrative endorsement deals with Samsung, Pepsi, Honda, Verizon, Chase and others.

8. The Eagles ($60 million)

The Eagles
The Eagles | Source

The Eagles were named Kennedy Center honorees in 2015 but deferred the honour until the following year because of Frey’s illness; he died in 2016. They reconvened for two concerts in 2017, with Deacon Frey standing in for his father and the addition of Gill. In 2018 the Eagles resumed touring.

9. Justin Bieber ($53 million)

Justin Bieber | Source
Justin Bieber | Source

Justin Bieber is a Canadian singing sensation. In addition to being a pop singer, Bieber is also an actor and songwriter. Forbes considered him as the world’s ninth top paid musicians in 2018.

Bieber became the Artist of the Year in the American Music Awards. At the 53rd Grammy Awards, he received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best New Artist Awards.

10. Dave Matthews Band ($51 million)

Dave Matthews Band | Source
Dave Matthews Band | Source

Still touring after the success of 2009’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, the band grossed over $1 million per night over the course of 68 shows in the past 12 months.


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