In Pictures: The 25 Highest-Paid Musicians in the World

Other artists take note: Go to Vegas if you want to make millions. Like many others on this list, John’s Vegas residency—in addition to other tour dates elsewhere—is how he made the bulk of his millions in 2017. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
11. Garth Brooks: $60 millionRick Diamond/Getty Images
Brooks is known for his tour dates, sometimes doing two arena shows in the same day. His comeback tour is the highest-grossing tour of all time. He also released an anthology album of his best work in 2017. Rick Diamond/Getty Images
10. Metallica: $66.5 millionMauricio Santana/Getty Images
The ’80s heavy-metal band’s WorldWired global tour was widely successful in 2017, in addition to their new album, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.Theo Wargo/Getty Images
9. Adele: $69 millionGraham Denholm/Getty Images
Unlike other artists, who often rely on endorsement deals, Adele keeps it chill. Her earnings are all from her music and her tour dates, which are frequent but not nearly as much as other artists. Turns out keeping it chill makes her millions. Frederick M Brown/Getty Images
8. Bruce Springsteen: $75 million Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
His book, Born to Run, was a bestseller, critical success and reportedly garnered him a $10 million advance. He also released a compilation album and took up a residency, but not in Vegas like other artists. Instead, Springsteen went to Broadway. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
7. Justin Bieber: $83.5 millionKevin Winter/Getty Images
Even though Bieber didn’t release much new music in 2017, he toured… a lot. Combine all that he made from that (which was the bulk of his earnings), he also took home quite a bit with an exclusive endorsement deal with Calvin Klein. Mat Hayward/Getty Images
6. Guns N’ Roses: $84 millionKevin Winter/Getty Images
Who knew Guns N’ Roses would make a comeback to the top earners list? The classic band took to the road (and air), traveling the world and earning millions. CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
5. Coldplay: $88 millionEzra Shaw/Getty Images

The music business isn’t what it used to be. Actual album sales are down because of streaming, which doesn’t earn artists nearly as much as album sales do. But one thing hasn’t changed in music: It pays to tour. When we say “pay,” we mean a lot.

"Artists don't really make the money off the music like we did in the Golden Age," The Weeknd told Forbes. "It's not really coming in until you hit the stage."

Most of the artists featured on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid musicians in 2017 earned their millions from touring or Las Vegas residencies. Five out of the 25 artists featured on the list all had Vegas residencies, with one, Bruce Springsteen, taking up a different kind of residency on the Great White Way, also known as Broadway. And Garth Brooks’s comeback tour has gone down as one of the highest-grossing tours of all-time.

A notable difference from most other lists like the richest people in the United States or the highest-paid actors in Hollywood is that the top four highest-paid musicians in 2017 are people of color: The Weeknd, Drake, Beyoncé and Diddy.

Diddy coming in at the top of the list shouldn’t come as a surprise. Besides his music, he’s a wildly successful businessperson, with lucrative endorsement deals and branding opportunities, not to mention his clothing line Sean John.

“I started looking at business at the age of 12, [from] delivering newspapers to working in gas station bathrooms, or even doing things like being a background dancer or a stylist. Whatever I could do to get close to the industry,” he told Forbes.

Forbes’ list covers a wide array of artists from different genres—pop, country, hip-hop, R&B... you name them, they’re on this list. So who are the highest-paid artists in the music world? Slide through to see if your favorite artist from 2017 made the list.