The World’s Highest-Paid Musicians Of 2018


U2 isn’t the only act from the British Isles to pull in nine figures—Ireland and the U.K. monopolize this year’s top three. Coldplay claims the No. 2 spot with $115.5 million.

its A Head Full Of Dreams Tour grossed more than half a billion dollars in its two-year, five-continent run. Ed Sheeran, at just 27 years old, rounds out the trio with $110 million. His billions of streams helped make him the highest-paid solo act on our list. (Forbes)

All in all, the 10 highest-paid musicians pulled in $886 million, about the same as last year’s combined tally. But this year’s list is more top-heavy, featuring four centimillion-dollar paychecks (the aforementioned names as well as Bruno Mars) as opposed to last year’s two (Diddy and Beyoncé).

Full List: The World’s Highest-Paid Musicians 2018

1. U2 ($118 million)

2. Coldplay ($115.5 million)

3. Ed Sheeran ($110 million)

4. Bruno Mars ($100 million)

5. Katy Perry ($83 million)

6. Taylor Swift ($80 million)

7. Jay-Z ($76.5 million)

8. Guns N’ Roses ($71 million)

9. Roger Waters ($68 million)

10. Diddy ($64 million)

11. Beyoncé ($60 million)

12. Kendrick Lamar ($58 million)

13. The Weeknd ($57 million)

14. The Eagles ($56 million)

15. Depeche Mode ($53 million)

16. Pink ($52 million, tie)

16. Luke Bryan ($52 million, tie)

18. Jimmy Buffett ($51 million)

19. Lady Gaga ($50 million)

20. Calvin Harris ($48 million)

21. Paul McCartney ($47.5 million)

22. Drake ($47 million, tie)

22. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million, tie)

22. Foo Fighters ($47 million, tie)

25. Elton John ($46 million, tie)

25. Metallica ($46 million, tie)

27. Garth Brooks ($45.5 million, tie)

27. The Chainsmokers ($45.5 million, tie)

29. Billy Joel ($43.5 million)

30. Rolling Stones ($39 million)


paidMars has grossed over a quarter-billion dollars (and counting) on his 24K Magic World Tour and keeps more of it than many acts due to his savvy management arrangement. It’s a long way from where he was when he cowrote “Billionaire,” in which he imagined a life that didn’t involve fretting over finances.

There is not, however, much gender balance: Just 6 of the top 30 are women, led by Katy Perry (No. 5, $83 million). One of the hardest-working names in our rankings, she played 80 dates during our scoring period, grossing over $1 million per night. She’s followed closely by Taylor Swift (No. 6, $80 million), who started her Reputation Stadium Tour at the tail end of our 12-month range.


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