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'Forbes' Announces the World's Top-Earning Musicians of 2019

Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Drake and Beyoncé earn their spot in the top 10.

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With the year coming to an end, Forbes has finally revealed its annual list of the world’s highest-earning musicians of 2019. Ranging from hip-hop to pop and rock, this year’s list includes a diverse mix of artists where the top 10 alone have earned just over $1 billion USD in total.

Ranking first in line for her second time in five years is pop star Taylor Swift who earned $185 million USD thanks to a new record deal, endorsements and her most recent tour. Right below Swift is Kanye West who earned $150 million USD due to a surge in sales of his adidas YEEZY sneakers line. British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran takes the third spot earning $110 million USD while husband and wife duo Jay-Z and Beyoncé tie in sixth place with $81 million USD each. Canadian rapper Drake also lands a spot in the top 10 at eighth place with $75 million USD.

Among the top 40 include notable names like Rihanna at number 11 with $62 million USD, BTS at number 15 with $57 million USD, Ariana Grande at number 22 with $48 million USD, The Weeknd at number 29 with $40 million USD, Lady Gaga at number 32 with $39.5 million USD, Shawn Mendes at number 37 with $38 million USD and Celine Dion at 38 with $37.5 million USD.

For the full list, head on over to Forbes’ website. For more music-related news, find out who made YouTube’s top 10 most-watched music videos globally and in the United States.

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