Bruce Springsteen tops list of ten highest-paid musicians of 2021

Bruce Springsteen has topped the list of the ten highest-paid musicians of 2021 – with an eye-watering $590million – after promoting his publishing rights s to Sony. 

The list, collated by Rolling Stone, unveils which musical acts have raked in probably the most income in a pandemic 12 months that noticed little touring, and bodily album gross sales being more and more trounced by streaming platforms. 

However, the musicians featured within the list netted a mixed $2.3 billion, greater than double what they had been making on an annual foundation within the years earlier than COVID-19.

This has been put all the way down to their huge catalog gross sales, apart from Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift.  

Still The Boss! Bruce Springsteen tops list of ten highest-paid musicians of 2021 (Pictured above playing a benefit in New York City on Dec. 13, 2021 in New York City)

Still The Boss! Bruce Springsteen tops list of ten highest-paid musicians of 2021 (Pictured above enjoying a profit in New York City on Dec. 13, 2021 in New York City)

The relaxation of the acts made probably the most of their fortunes by promoting copyrights. 

Springsteen, 72, made historical past final December along with his huge $550 million paycheck from promoting his masters, and added a number of extra tens of millions along with his return to Broadway final summer time. 

He additionally raked in tens of millions extra because of his Spotify podcast with Barack Obama Renegades: Born within the USA and an accompanying e-book of the identical identify.

Coming in at quantity two on the list was hip-hop mogul Jay-Z who made tens of millions final 12 months thanks to varied business deal. 

He reportedly notched up a grand complete of $470 million in keeping with the report, after promoting 80 per cent of his streaming service Tidal, and his half of his Armand de Brignac champagne to luxurious big LVMH  

Another heritage act to reap the advantages of their again catalogue was Paul Simon ($260million) after promoting his complete catalog to Sony in March final 12 months. 

The deal additionally included his songs that he wrote as being half of Simon and Garfunkel. 

Kanye West is alleged to have netted round $250million, however not from his musical output (the rapper launched his tenth album Donda final 12 months). 

West – or Ye as he likes to be known as – made the majority of his money from his Yeezy footwear model. 

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Songwriter Ryan Tedder – who has penned songs for Adele – scored $200 million, after non-public fairness agency KKR acquired the remainder of his publishing rights in January final 12 months.

Again, the Red Hot Chili Peppers might not have had successful album or tour final 12 months, however they did obtain $145million for his or her again catalog to Hipgnosis in a deal that was made in May final 12 months.

Impressive: Taylor Swift was the only female performer on the list, and the only artist not to have benefitted from a big catalog sale

Rich: Coming in at number two on the list was hip-hop mogul Jay-Z who made millions last year thanks to various business deal

Big pay days: Both Taylor Swift ($80 million) and Jay-Z ($470 million) made the list 

Pay day from their heyday: Despite not currently touring or releasing new music, the Red Hot Chili Peppers made $145 million by selling their back catalogue

Pay day from their heyday: Despite not at the moment touring or releasing new music, the Red Hot Chili Peppers made $145 million by promoting their again catalogue 

Ways to make money: Kanye West was a big earner thanks to his Yeezy footwear line

Peace out: Songwriter Ryan Tedder sold the rest of his publishing rights away

Ways to make money: Kanye West was a giant earner because of his Yeezy footwear line… whereas songwriter Ryan Tedder offered the remainder of his publishing rights away 

Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer Lindsey Buckingham did an identical deal for $100 million with the identical firm. 

The report notes that Stevie Nicks, who offered her catalog for $100 million in December 2020, missed out on coming into the list because of the lower off date. 

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Nicks’ absence meant that Taylor Swift – who got here in at quantity 10 with $80 million – was the only real feminine on the list. 

Score: Another heritage act to reap the benefits of their back catalogue was Paul Simon ($260million) after selling his entire catalog to Sony in March last year (Pic, 2016)

Score: Another heritage act to reap the advantages of their again catalogue was Paul Simon ($260million) after promoting his complete catalog to Sony in March final 12 months (Pic, 2016)

While her catalog was notoriously taken from her and offered to Scooter Braun, Swift started to re-record her outdated albums. 

The pure gross sales of these re-recordings – together with Red (Taylor’s Version) and Fearless (Taylor’s Version) – meant that the singer obtained a powerful payday regardless of her grievances together with her outdated document label. 

She can be mentioned to have made massive money offers with the likes of Peloton and Starbucks. 

Blake Shelton – who makes $13million per season of The Voice – made it to quantity 9. 

The report notes that he obtained round $50million for a catalog sale. Shelton already has an estimated price of round $100million. 

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Lucky Gwen! Blake Shelton made $83 million thanks to a catalog sale and his millions he earns from The Voice

Lucky Gwen! Blake Shelton made $83 million because of a catalog sale and his tens of millions he earns from The Voice

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