MUSE Make It to Forbes Top 20 Highest Paid Musicians of 2016


Muse have taken #20 of Forbes list by earnings, putting them next to AC/DC and Rolling Stones

December 1, 2016

As year 2016 is nearing its end, it’s time to make some important calculations and post entertaining star ratings. You probably believe that only pop-musicians like Taylor Swift or Adele or teenage icons such as One Direction have earned enormous sums this year. Well, you’re right about the latter three but guess what, you can be a rock band like Muse and still make it to the top highest-earning stars!

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It has been a mindblowing year for Muse, with their recent 360-degrees arena world tour in support of their latest effort, Drones. And according to the new Forbes raiting, Muse have earned an impressive $49 million in 2016, making it from Forbes’ July rating of Top 100 to the Top 20.

No doubt it’s hard to compete with top pop celebrities such as Taylor Swift, who crowns the list with a sum of $170 million. She has beaten Adele and One Direction hands down, regardless of the fact she hasn’t even released any new music this year. Not in the last place thanks to her deals with Apple, Diet Coke and Keds.

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Among other rock bands that landed on the highest-paid list are hard-working AC/DC ($67.5 million) and Rolling Stones ($66.5 million) with just $1 million separating them from each other, and U2 with $55 million of income. See the full Forbes Top 20 list below.

In 2017, Muse might take it even higher than #20 on Forbes list, as they are currently planning a never-before-seen tour that will see the band members levitate on magnets. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments, and join AlteRock Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned for rock and metal news.

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Taylor Swift ($170 million)
One Direction ($110 million)
Adele ($80.5 million)
Madonna ($76.5 million)
Rihanna ($75 million)
Garth Brooks ($70 million)
AC/DC ($67.5 million)
Rolling Stones ($66.5 million)
Calvin Harris ($63 million)
Diddy ($62 million)
Bruce Springsteen ($60.5 million)
Paul McCartney ($56.5 million)
Justin Bieber ($56 million, tie)
Kenny Chesney ($56 million, tie)
U2 ($55 million, tie)
The Weeknd ($55 million, tie)
Beyoncé ($54 million)
Jay Z ($53.5 million)
Luke Bryan ($53 million)
Muse ($49 million)