10 HIGHEST PAID MUSICIANS IN THE WORLD 2021
10 Highest Paid Musicians In The World 2021…
There are a lot of musicians in the world at the moment earning high in their craft but for the sole purpose of emphasis, we will limit the list to focus on the top 10 highest paid musicians in the world 2021 according. Its important to note that the amount stated on this list is according to earnings and its exclusive of tax paid by the artiste, money collected by their management, team, record labels, and other necessary deductions.
The world was hit by the novel Corona Virus in 2020 and it affected and slowed down a lot of economic activities and businesses, changing how we socialise as human beings as everyone had to obey the safety rules put in place by the World Health Organization, one of which include banning public gatherings, to avoid spreading the Deadly Virus that impacted the population of the earth with its wild death toll.
The entertainment industry that thrive by socialization was one of the industries affected the most as movie productions, concerts, and cinemas were all put on a hold for safety. Artistes, their management team, fans, movie producers, and stake holders of the entertainment industry all had to depend on streaming which became a major alternative. This list will also be reflecting the effect of the pandemic as earnings of these top 10 musicians dropped by some percentage compared to what they earned in 2020 before the pandemic.
The following are the 10 highest paid musicians of 2021, their earnings and net worth:
10 ) MARSHMELLO
Total earning $56 Million. Marshmello is Known for his signature white round mask designed like a Marshmello. Real name Christopher Cornstock is an American DJ and Electronic Music producer that has got a lot of multi platinum songs to his credit. He came to the limelight in 2015 after releasing remixes of popular songs in 2015. January 2016, he released his first studio album JOYTIME and has since released JOYTIME 2 a follow up album ( 2018 ), JOYTIME 3 ( 2019 ), several mixtapes and singles. In 2019 he ranked number 2 on Forbes Highest Paid DJ’s in The World list earning a total of $40 Million.
Marshmello was one of the Music headliners of the 2021 Eufa Champions League Final played at Estadio do Dragao Porto, Portugal. In his career span so far he has bagged several award nominations and won several of them including 1 American Music Award, 1 Remix Award, 1 MTV EMA, 1 International Dance Music Awards, and 2 iHeart Radio Music Awards. In 2020 he was on this same position on this list of 10 Highest Paid Musicians In The World with a total earning of $79.9 Million.
9 ) THE ROLLING STONES
Total earning $59 Million. The Rolling is an English Rock band known for their legendary cobtribution to the Rock Music genre as the pioneers of a division of Rock Music known as Hard Rock. The band was forned in 1962 and had vocalist Mick Jagger, multi instrumentalist Brian Jones, guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts, and bassist Bill Wyman as its founding members until 1969 when Brian Jones died of drug addiction and was replaced by Mick Taylor a guitarist who later left the band in 1974 and was replaced by Ronnie Wood. Bill Wynam left the group in 1993 but was never replaced as the band made a decision to stick with its four members of Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Keith Ricgards and Mick Jagger.
They came to limelight in 1964 performing covers of songs by other rock musicians at a big Rock Music festival organized in London known as British Invassion. Their populary from the concert encouraged them to put out their first original materials ‘I Cant Get No’, ‘Satisfaction’, ‘Get Off My Cloud’, and ‘Paint It Black’ which became a success topping music charts in UK, North America, Australia, and Europe. Their debut album AFTERMATH dropped in 1966 and they made a mark with it engraving their names in the history of Rock Music as the best bands to ever rock the genre. Since then they have recorded 30 Studio albums,12 of which are consecutive UK number 1 albums, 23 live albums, and countless compilations. In estimation, they have sold over 24O million records which makes them one of the highest selling artiste of all time. The band was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall Of Fame in 2004. In 2019, they were listed on 10th position on the Billboard Hot 100 All Time Top Artiste Chart. The band was honoured with a Grammy Life Time Achievement Award in 1986. They were later inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. In total, they have won 3 Grammy Awards, and numerous awards around the world. The Rolling Stones were on this same position when this list of 10 Highest Paid Musicians In The World was compiled by Forbes in 2020 with a total earning of $84 Million.
8 ) POST MALONE
Total earning $60 Million. Post Malone whose real name is Austin Richard Post id an American singer, rapper, song writer, record producer, and actor. He got recognition in 2015 when he dropped his debut single ‘White Iverson’, the single got hima record contract with Republic Records that he is under till date. 2016 saw him came to the limelight when he dropped his debut album ‘Stoney’ that houses the hit song ‘Congratulations’ that holds the record of spending the most weeks on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Charts spending a total of 77 weeks on the chart. The song later got a diamond Certification from Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ). His follow up album ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ released in 2018 houses the chart topping songs ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Psycho’. Both songs topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart making the album debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart. His success with these albums got him a feature alongside American rapper and singer Swae Lee on a sound track to the 2018 Spider Man movie ‘Spider Man IntoThe Spider Verse’, titled ‘Sun Flower’.
He released another album in 2019 titled ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ which became his second album that topped the Billboard 200. The album housed the song ‘Circles’ which becane his 3rd song that topped the Billboard Hot 100. The song spent 39 weeks on the chart staying in the top 10. Post Malone holds the record of being the first ever solo artiste to top the Billboard Rap Airplay and Adult Contemporary charts. In his career so far he has won 10 Billboard Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, and 1 MTV Video Music Award. He was on this same position on the list of 10 Highest Paid Musicians In The World released in 2020 by Forbes with a total earning of $85.6 Million from his craft.
7 ) TAYLOR SWIFT
Total earnings $63.5 Million. Taylor Alison Swift popularly known as Taylor Swift is an American singer, song writer, record producer, and actress. Started he music career in 2004, dropped her debut album ‘Taylor Swift’ in 2006 but made it to the mainstream in 2008 when she dropped her 2nd album ‘Fearless’ that houses the following hit songs ‘Love Story’, and ‘You Belong With Me.’ The album was certified Diamond by Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ). She went on to release 7 other albums ( SPEAK NOW in 2010, RED 2012, 1989 in 2014, REPUTATION in 2017, LOVER in 2019, and the double in 2020 FOLKLORE and EVERMORE ) making her career albums 9 in total so far.
Taylor swift has one of the biggest award cabinet of all time as she has won 11 Grammy Awards, 11 Mtv Video Music Awards, 1 Emmy Award, 2 Brits Awards, 12 Country Music Association Awards, 25 Billboard Music Awards ( the highest win by a female artist so far ), 32 American Music Awards ( the highest wins by a music artiste so far ), and 35 Guiness World Records.
She is one of the highest selling artiste of all time with over 200 million records sold worldwide. For her achievements, she has been named the Woman of the Decade in 2010 by Billboard Music Awards, and Artiste of the Decade by American Music Awards that same year. She has also appeared on the Billboard Greatest Artiste of All Tine List, Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People In The World, and Forbes Celebrity 100 List.
In 2020 Taylor Swift ranked on this same position on this list of 10 Highest Paid Musicians In The World with a total earning of $90 Million.
6 ) ED SHEERAN
Total earnings $64 Million. Ed Sheeran whose real name is Edward Christopher Sheeran is one of the most successful British musician of all time. Though he started doing music in 2004, he came to the limelight in 2011 when he released his first body of work, an EP he named NO 5 COLLABIRATIONS PROJECT. The EP got him a record deal with Asylum Records. That same year, he went on to release his debut album PLUS ( + ) that topped the UK album Charts. Since then he has gone on to release 3 other studio albums ( MULTIPLY 2014, DIVIDE 2017, and NO 6 COLLABORATION PROJECTS 2019 ). He has been named in the Best Selling Album Worldwide Accolade 2 times ( MULTIPLY 2015 as 2nd Best Selling Album Worldwide, DIVIDE 2017 as Best Selling Album Worldwide ). He holds the record of being the first artist to have 2 songs debut on the US top 10 songs in the same week. He also hold the record of being the first artiste to have 10 singles from an album debut on UK Top 10 Singles chart ( all songs from his 2017 DIVIDE album ). His albums had top music charts worldwide.
In total, he has sold over 150 million records worldwide making him one of the world highest selling artiste of all time. Official Chart Company named him the Artiste of The Decade in 2019, Spotify also named him the 2nd Most Streamed Artiste of The Decade Globally that same year. His Divide World Tour that began in 2017 and ended in 2019 still holds the records of being the highest grossing tour of all time earning him a total of £73.4 Million after grossing £596 Million worldwide.
Through his career span so far, he has won a total of 4 Grammy Awards, 5 Brits Awards, 6 Billboard Music Awards, and 1 Ivor Novello Award for Song Writing. In 2015, the University of Suffolk Ipswitch gave him an Honorary Degree for his outstanding contribution to music. The British Government also appointed him a Member of the British Empire ( MBE ) in 2017, for his excellence in his craft. One of the highest honors accorded to British Citizens that have achieved great feats in their endeavours.
In 2020 he was on this same position on this list of 10 Highest Paid Musicians In The World with a total earning of $91 Million.
5 ) THE CHAINSMOKERS
Total earnings $68 Million. The Chainsmokers is an American DJ and Electronic Dance Music Pop duo consisting of Alexander Alex Pall and Andrew Drew Taggart. They started music professionally in 2012 remixing songs by Indie artistes. Their mainstream entrance was their 2014 single ‘SELFIE’ which happens to be their first official single. The song made it to the Top 20 charts in US and other countries. Since then, they have gone on to release 2 EPs ( BOUQUET 2015, and COLLEGE 2016 ) and 3 studio albums ( MEMORIES DO NOT OPEN 2017, SICK BOY 2018, and WORLD WAR JOY 2019 ).
In their career span so far, they have won 1 Grammy Award, 2 American Music Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, and 9 iHeartRadio Music Awards. In 2019, Forbes List Of Highest Paid Celebrities in the World made them the highest paid DJs in the World. In the 2020 released list of Top 10 Highest Paid Musicians In The World, the were on this same position with a total earning of $97 Million.
4 ) JONAS BROTHERS
Total earnings $68.5 Million. Jonas Brothers ia an American Pop Music band that comprise of these 3 brothers Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas. It was formed in 2005 by the brothers but they made it to the mainstream in 2008 when they appeared on Walt Disney Channel Original Movies ‘Camp Rock’ and ‘Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam’. They went on to release a series for the tv channel titled JONAS that was later changed to JONAS L.A on which they starred as themselves that lasted for 2 seasons.
The band has 5 albums to their credit till date ( ITS ABOUT TIME released in 2006, JONAS BROTHERS 2007, A LITTLE BIT LONGER 2008, LINES VINES AND TRYING TIMES 2009, and HAPINESS BEGINS 2019 ). Through their career so far, they have sold over 17 million records, had a number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in their 2019 single ‘SUCKER’, and a US Billboard 200 topping album in their 2019 album ‘HAPPINESS BEGINS’.
They have won the following awards: 4 Festival de Viña del mar-Chile Awards, 1 Vh1 “Do Something!” Awards, 4 TMF Awards, 1 The Soup Awards, 1 Telehit Awards, 17 Teen Choice Awards, 1 Premios Oye!, 5 Planeta Awards, 5 NME Awards, 2 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, 2 Nickelodeon Italian Kids’ Choice Awards, 2 MuchMusic Video Awards, 1 MTV Video Music Awards, 4 Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica, 1 LOS40 Music Awards, 1 iHeartRadio Music Awards, 1 Golden Raspberry Awards, 1 Global Awards, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 2 Billboard Touring Music Awards, and 2 American Music Awards.
In 2020 they were on this same position on this list of 10 Highest Paid Musicians In The World with a total earning of $97.7 Million.
3 ) ARIANA GRANDE
Total earning $72 Million. Born Ariana Grande-Butera is an American Pop music singer and actress that started her career in 2008 as an actress on the American Broadway musical ‘ ’13’, at age 15, from which she proceeded to Nickelodeon television series VICTORIOUS in 2010 and SAM and CAT in 2013. Her first studio album ‘YOURS TRULY’ was released in 2013 under Republic Records that signed her after noticing her talent in 2011. The album went on to top Billboard 200 Chart with its leading single ‘THE WAY’ making it to US Billbiard Hot 100 top 10. Since then, she has gone on to release 5 other studio albums ( MY EVERYTHING released in 2014, DANGEROUS WOMAN 2016, SWEETENER 2018, THANK YOU, NEXT 2019, and POSITIONS 2020 ).
These records have earned her the following accolades:
in 2014 these two singles ‘Problem’ and ‘Band Bang’ from her album ‘My Everything’ made it to number 1 on the UK Music Chart. In 2016, her album ‘Dangerous Woman made it to number 1 on the UK Album Chart. The other albums that folowed repeated the feat on the charts making it four times she has topped the UK Album Chart. Her 2019 released album ‘Thank U Next’ debuted at number 1 spot on Billboard 20O and broke the record for the longest streaming weeks for a Pop Album and Female Album in the United States with 307 million on demand streams. She is the first solo artiste to hold the top 3 spots simultaneously on the Billboard Top 100 Charts, which she did with these 3 singles ‘Thank U, Next’, ‘7 Rings’, and ‘Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored’, from her 2019 album ‘Thank U, Next’. She also holds the record for the most number 1 debut on the Hot 100 Chart. All her albums are Certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) with over 85 million Certified Units in the United States and over 20.4 million certified units in UK . She is currently the most streamed female artiste ever with over 90 billion streams on all streaming platforms topping the streaming charts of Apple Music and Spotify. Ariana Grande is the most followed female artiste on Spotify, the most subscribed on Youtube with over 48.5 million subscribers and over 19 billion streams. She is also the most followed woman on Instagram since 2019 with over 243 million followers and the 2nd most followed individual on the platform. She has featured twice on Time Magazine 100 most Influential people in the world ( 2016 and 2019 ). Forbes Magazine has also featured her twice on their Top 100 Celebrities List ( 2019 and 2020 ). Billboard has honored her Women In Music Rising Star 2014, Woman Of The Year in 2018, ‘The Greatest Pop Star Of 2019, and The Most Accomplished Female Artiste to Debut In The 2010s. She has broken over 20 Guiness World Records and many more achievements.
In her career span so far, she has won 2 Grammy Awards, 1 Brits Award, 9 MTV Video Music Awards, 3 MTV Europe Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards, 5 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, 3 People’s Choice Awards, 1 Music Business Association Award, 1 Bambi Awards, 6 iHeart Radio Music Awards, and 12 Teen Choice Awards.
She was on this same position on the 2020 list of 10 highest paid musicians in the world released by Forbes with a total earning of $103 Million.
2 ) ELTON JOHN
Total earning $81 million. Real name Reginald Kenneth Dwight. Sir Elton John is an English Pop Rock Singer, Song Writer, Composer, Pianist, and actor. He is one of the all time greatest musician of English origin with two of the highest honors given to British Citizens by the Royal Family to his name, for his remarkable contribution to music ( Order Of The Companions Of Honour CH and The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire Chivalry Of The British Empire CBE ).
He started his career in 1962 with an R&B band he formed and named BLUESOLOGY. He discontinued the band and started music as a mainstream artist in 1967 collaborating with his longtime musical partner Taupin. His debut album EMPTY SKY was released in 1970. He got a break when he released his second studio album ELTON JOHN that same year. The album housed the hit single YOUR SONG, that bacame his first song to make the Top 10 Chart of UK and US. Since then he has released a total of 30 albums of which contained two alltime best selling albums worldwide ( DONT SHOOT ME, I’M ONLY A PIANO PLAYER, and GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD both released in 1973 ) and 7 consecutive number 1 albums in the US. On the single release records, he has 7 number 1 songs in UK and 9 in US. In total, Elton John has sold over 300 million records worldwide. His 1997 single ‘CANDLE IN THE WIND’ written as a tribute to Princess Diana of Wales is still one of the highest selling singles of all time in the UK and US single Chart selling over 33 million copies worldwide. He has composed songs for THE LION KING, AIDA, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, and other movies and stage plays. Till date, he is a co-owner of Watford FC London. Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inducted him in 1994 after he was inducted into the Song Writers Hall Of Fame in 1992.
Through his career span, Elton John has won the following awards Star of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, 1 Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award, 1 Kennedy Center Honor, 1 Disney Legend Award, 1 Misicare Person Of The Year Award, 1 PRS for Music Heritage Award, 2 Academy Award, 2 Golden Globe Award, 1 Tony Award, 5 Brits Awards including the first Brits Icon Award, 6 Grammy Awards, 8 Ivor Novello Awards, 1 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 MVPA Awards, and 1 NRJ Music Awards.
On this list of 10 Highest Paid Musicians In The World released by Forbes in 2020, Elton John was on this same position with a total earning of $113 Million.
1 ) KANYE WEST
Kanye West is the king of this list with a total earning of $170 Million. Born Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, singer, record producer, business man, fashion designer, and politician. Kanye West Started his career in the millenium year 2000 as a music producer for Roc-A-Fella Records producing songs for Jay Z and other mainstream artiste of that time including Ludacris, Camron, Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson.
He made it to the mainstream as an artiste when he released his first hit song THROUGH THE WIRE in 2002 after an accident he was involved in while driving home from the studio that got his jaw broken. The song was later added to his first body of work, a mix tape titled GET WELL SOON, released that year. His first studio album COLLEGE DROPOUT was released in 2004 after he was sure he is ready for the industry, against his fellow Roc-A-Fella label mates and others who advised he stick to music production. Since then, he has gone on to release 15 other albums. His albums collections makes him one of the best selling artiste of all time with over with over 20 million albums and 140 million singles sold worldwide. In his career span so far, he has won a total of 22 Grammy Awards, 1 Webby Award, 1 Acessories Council Excellence For Style Making, 1 GQ Award, 1 CILO Award, 1 Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) Honor, 1 Billboard Artist Achievement Award, Over 3 Brits Award, Over 6 BET Awards with a record of being the only artiste to have won the BET Vissionary Award Honor. 1 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, 8 XXL Awards, XM Nation Awards 1, World Music Awards 2, Virgin Media Music Awards 1, and many other awards. In total, Kanye West has won 263 Awards in his career so far from 763 nominations.
On this list of 10 Highest Paid Musicians In The World released in 2020 by Forbes, Kanye was on this same position with a total earning of $241 Million.