Billboard has just released their list of the Highest-Paid Musicians of 2019.
To get the list, the outlet tracks the revenue stream of music’s top acts across streaming, publishing, and touring. They add,
“Although touring profits declined slightly in 2019, they remained (as they have since this list was established) the biggest factor in determining which acts made the list.”
Out of the top 40 earners, 14 were pop artists. They include Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Pink, Elton John, The Jonas Brothers, and Post Malone.
Ariana came in second place behind the Rolling Stones. Billboard credits much of her $44.3 million in earnings to her Sweetener world tour. They add, “The ‘thank u, next’ singer was also one of six artists to break the $10 million barrier for artist and publishing royalties — nearly 24% of her overall take-home pay — thanks to nearly 7 billion in audio, video and programmed streams, or No. 4 overall in combined streams.”
Behind her, the Jonas Brothers raked in $40.9 million. Billie Eilish was number 31, making $17.1 million. Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? generated almost 7.8 billion streaming plays. This helped her and Finneas take home over $15 million in artist and publishing royalties.
For the full list of artists, click here.