One offered to perform oral sex on anyone who voted for Hillary Clinton
While Taylor Swift took home the most dough in 2016 with a North American touring record, selling millions of albums and seven-figure endorsements for Keds, Diet Coke and Apple. The former child country star turned pop icon raked in $170 million according to Forbes’ list making her the highest-paid musician—and the highest-paid celebrity on Earth. You gotta love Capitalism!
One Direction ($110 million), the top-earning boyband of all time; the group is currently on hiatus but grossed $200 million-plus for its recent On The Road Again Tour. Adele ($80.5 million) ranks third, one of the few acts still making more on recorded music than anything else.
On the dance music side of things, Madonna, the artist who many took a pass on when she offered to give head to those who voted for Hillary Clinton, took the fourth spot this year with 76.5 million thanks [in part] side jobs, odd jobs and her Rebel Heart tour which grossed 170 million (Gross means total, net is what was left after costs for all you geniuses in college learning how to do little but protest and ‘hate the man’). Rihanna brought in a cool 76 million.
Calvin Harris brought in a cool 63 million to put him in 9th place on the list. It’s been an amazing year for Harris whose list of accomplishments this year have been nothing short of amazing:
— Two singles released topping 750 million stream on Spotify
— ‘This Is What You Came For’ has reached 1,000,000 streams on YouTube (Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On’ and Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ round out the billion stream club for Dance/EDM tracks to achieve
that milestone while Gangnam Style holds the record with over 2.6 billion streams.
Calvin Harris has also produced hits for others this year including John Newman and Dizzee Rascal. When you take that and add in his DJ residencies at Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand, Omnia at Caesars Palace, and Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM Grand, Harris seems poised to have another amazing year in 2017.
Forbes bases its list on pretax income from June 1, 2015, to June 1, 2016 before deducting management fees. Numbers are based on data from Pollstar, Nielsen and the RIAA, as well as interviews with managers, agents, lawyers—and some stars themselves.