Diddy, Beyoncé, Jay Z & Rihanna Named Among World's Highest Paid Musicians

(AllHipHop News) Forbes is back with their latest list of top money making musicians, and a few Hip Hop related artists cracked the Top 25. Music sales, tour profits, endorsements, and business ventures helped these stars all gross over $30 million dollars from June 1st, 2012 through June 1st, 2013.

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Beyoncé’s $53 million put her at number nine for the year. She was tied with country star Kenny Chesney. Media mogul Diddy (11) just missed crossing into the top 10 with a total of $50 million. Rihanna’s $43 million (tie 16) edged out her mentor Jay Z with $42 million (tie 18), and Dr. Dre broke into the top 20 with $40 million. They all fall way short of the Queen of Pop. Madonna’s staggering $125 million put her comfortably in the number one spot.

The business magazine uses information from some of the artists, managers, and lawyers as well as data collected from Pollstar, the RIAA, and Nielsen SoundScan to tabulate the estimates of the entertainer’s pretax income.

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Check out the full Forbes list below:

1. Madonna – $125 million
2. Lady Gaga – $80 million
3. Bon Jovi – $79 million
4. Toby Keith – $65 million
5. Coldplay – $64 million
6. Justin Bieber – $58 million
7. Taylor Swift – $55 million
8. Elton John  – $54 million
9. Beyonce – $53 million
9. Kenny Chesney – $53 million
11. Diddy – $50 million
12. Paul McCartney – $47 million
13. Calvin Harris – $46 million
14. Jennifer Lopez – $45 million
15. Roger Waters – $44 million
16. Muse – $43 million
16. Rihanna – $43 million
18. Jay Z – $42 million
18. One Direction – $42 million
20. Dr. Dre – $40 million
20. Red Hot Chili Peppers – $40 million
22. The Rolling Stones – $39 million
22. Katy Perry – $39 million
24. Tim McGraw – $33 million
25. Pink – $32 million

  • atlantahiphopshop

    Shows how deep in the Underground I am. I didn’t even know half of these people were still alive, yet alone getting paid. Where do they get this money from? No one I know is checking for them.

    • sa_go

      thats because there is a whole world out there you choose to ignore. these people…travel the world..get outside of hiphop sometimes. Why you think when people get rich they become “weird” with there music taste and fashion…because they get to go see how other people live..go expand your mind.

      • atlantahiphopshop

        Expand my mind? I think that’s exactly what I have done. Im not in the box following this stuff. You dont have to “seek out” this sh!t. They are selling their crap on every media outlet in town clown. I am proud to ignore that “world” you are defending. LMAO
        I am into extreme eccentric worlds that Jay-Z and his friends dream about being accepted in clown. A place where ideas are born, not repeated. GTFOH you hype-beast!!!!!! We know about ya, Dont buy the shoes unless they popular. And I travel the world as well. LMAO

        And this statement you made right here, ” Why you think when people get rich they become “weird” with there {their} music taste and fashion…because they get to go see how other people live..go expand your mind.” Is incredibly stupid. What does that have to do with THEIR product and net gain? YOU aren’t rich! Their music and taste isn’t weird! Fool, You just described the Underground! These overpaid “artist” are straight POP. Short for popular music! Aint nothing “weird” or tasteful about any of these generic, commercial, POPULAR artist! Paul McCartney, Elton and The Red Hot Chili Peppers and even Dre with the Beats Headphones get a pass though, I understand that. But you aint sh!t. Im out.

      • sa_go

        wow…some people make comments then disregard what they said originally…you realize you wrote “Where do they get this money from? No one I know is checking for them.” therefore you are in a box, cause if you weren’t then you would know where they got the money from…i replied to your original post not your amendments after it…get a clue bro!. I’m defending THE world not my world…reality is still reality even if you’re “underground” and choose not to acknowledge it….grow up! hahaahah you’re accepted in eccentric worlds? hahaah that comment made my day, thanks hahaha the rich and elite are accepted into rules everything, don’t be naive bro! you seem smart enough but i think you’ve been brainwashed…i dont care for these musicians and how they make money but i’m also smart enough to realize that money = power…if you don’t have enough of it, you will suffer. The point i was making with their “weird” music and fashion mr.spelling officer is that THEY are part of the eccentric places and groups that you have no idea about. If you are commenting on Allhiphop please don’t front like you’re part of some group where “ideas are born” etc etc hahaha the people you speak about don’t go on this site, but i konw its an ego boost to lie online, enjoy i guess…just know you;re not fooling anyone though…hahaha still rolling at ” am into extreme eccentric worlds that Jay-Z and his friends dream about” hahahaahahahahah that killed *wipe away tears….The are millionaires they have access to places and group you and me both dream about…pop, weird, eccentric…whatever they want….have fun in your super exclusive made up worlds in your head bro…every once and awhile come back to reality hahaha

      • feeliama

        people like you are the reason art is dying. you are the naive hype beast type that live to fit in…. asskisser

      • sa_go

        stop trying to pin the reason why YOU think art is dying on someone like me who comments about how and why these people got rich…you’re so clueless. Art will never die, its just changing to a level you don’t understand…go read a book!…tired of all you “doomsday” hiphop is dead, art is dying blah blah…the world will keep turning, hiphop and art is changing..get with it or get lost!

      • Jahmal Bright


      • feeliama

        You have NO IDEA what you are talking about! The industry is making record low numbers first of all. Second of all, these artist are not a part of the change. Most of them have been out for more than a decade or two and are white Country, Pop, or Rock artist, WHAT CHANGE?!!!. There are no new artist on this list. Thats what us young people are fighting for! You are just mad because someone busted you up. It all started because someone said they don’t know anyone checking for these old ass artist. THEIR OPINION. Why are you offended? Why are you protecting other peoples money? Has nothing to do with you. AND you need to learn how to spell before you tell people to read a book. You are a mess dude. Just admit you got an ass whipping for getting in other peoples business, which you probably don’t have of your own. You are a liar and you are making a fool of yourself. Ignorance is bliss. Hip hop isnt even really represented on this list but you are right hip hop is changing Chief Keef is a part of that change! And by the way, he made 10 million from Jimmy Iovine, what have you done close to that hater? YOU are a hater! Look at yourself. Its amazing how some people think they are so smart. When you point at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at you. You dont care about these played out artist, You are just looking to be controversial because YOUR miserable life isnt going well. SMH

      • sa_go

        This started because he said “how are they making money, no one is checking for them”. I simply explained how and why they are making money…seems like the only person catching feelings is you…??protecting their money??…you’re all over the place…read gives you knowledge..i tell people to go read a book to gain knowledge…are you really so dumb you’re relating knowledge to spelling? how old are you? talking about emotions and feelings ahaha did i hurt your feelings? lool….i don’t have my own business? hahaha i’m a liar?? how do you lie about your own opinion haha? ……UUMMM go get your facts right chief keef’s net worth is 1.5 mill not 10 mill…he has a mulitple contract deal only if he sold 250k of is first album…guess what he didn’t…so that deal can be taken from him at any moment…Keef is a fad…you konw what that is? he wont change ish, he wont be one of these legends on the list, he’ll be in debt in 5 yrs…i don;t care about keef to hate on him, what i was saying was he can’t be associated with ppl on this list at all…played out artist? if they are played out how did they make all this money of their music…you must me a teen or 8 i’m guessing your arguments are so erratic and not cohesive. I live a great life, i’m 30 have a 60k + salary and a home owner…but thats not why my life its great, its great cause thats how i view it to be…its called a positive perspective….something you don’t have…what with you adn all this talk about feelings over a post…you do realize its been proven when you tell people how they feel, you’re usually talking about your self…go figure that one out…hahaha…over your head like a 747 haha

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  • lasmouve

    Apparently there is still lots of money to be made in the music industry I plan on making more then a few millons before it’s all said and done! J WILS AMERICAN DREAM LASMOUVE RECORDS.

  • sa_go

    The internet is full of haters who have not accomplished a drop to the ocean of success the people on this list have accomplished. hate hate hate hate is all you people do. Because maybe you don’t agree with these people music or style or that maybe they have “changed”…grow up people…life = change…stop the hate…congratulate…if you don’t like it, create change…stop bashing successful people…Haterism is at an all time high right now!

    • atlantahiphopshop

      isnt this you?


      5 months ago

      Raheem understands hiphop, support rappers that rap from the heart not fake rappers and fake lyrics

      WTF? Hatin’ that day? Just telling the truth? Hush man. At least you are consistantly confused and angry for no REAL reason. SMH I am speaking from the heart clown!!!! PLUS You hate on more than one site. You go from site to site using different names hating on Chief Keef like he did your moms or sumthin’. GTFOH dude. Chief Keef is rich as well.

      • sa_go

        your definition of success is obviously a lot lower then mine. The list above are success people. Chief Keef has hundreds of thousands of dollars and is no where near successful and will not last…hate = talking ish about “successful” people…that kind of people on this list…Mr.Keef will never make this kind of $….so Sorry come again…read a book first before you try to test me bro!…you’re a hater of successful people…the faster you accept it the fast you’ll be at peace and not take your time looking up ppl who comments old points on a completely different subject to try to prove a ridiculously immature point… theses days haha…different names???? I have this account and another one which i created when i forgot the password to this one….obviously you do what you claim other people are doing…like i said acceptance is the first step…hater

      • sa_go

        i’m still rolling on how you said cheif keef is rich hahaahahah bring up your standards…his net worth is 1.5 mill you think thats rich?!?! hahahaahah my cousin has more than that and he’s well off…stop limiting yourself…you live in a bubble…keef is whats killing the culture not Jay z, diddy, dr,dre (ppl on this list) hahahaha chief keef is rich ahahah you’re the best…i like you!

  • Bernard Walker

    footsteps for the artist all in $$$. tipn aint easy

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  • sa_go

    Anybody hating on the people on this list can go eat a big fat….you konw where this is going haha..most these ppl CHANGED the game and have 3 decades of fans…hard to do….i salute success.

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  • Blaq_Boi

    Some of the folks named here are groups… Dumb ass list.

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