J. Cole, Drake & Nicki Minaj Listed Among Top Money Making Artists Of 2015

(AllHipHop News) Despite the decline in album sales across the recording industry, superstar acts are still bringing in impressive revenue from music. Billboard ranked the top money-makers of 2015, and Roc Nation emcee J. Cole was named the highest earning Hip Hop artist on the list.

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The North Carolina native came in at #27 with a total of $8.8 million. According to the publication, Cole earned $1.5 million from music sales, $788,000 from streaming, $1.1 million from publishing, and $5.5 million from touring.

The only other rappers to make the top 40 were Drake and Nicki Minaj. Drizzy (#32) made $7.4 million in revenue for 2015. Most of the OVO front man’s music revenue came from sales which totaled $4.4 million.

Drake’s fellow YMCMB representative Minaj (#39) is said to have collected $6.3 million last year. The leader of the Barbz was most successful from touring. Nicki made $3.5 million from her performances.

Taylor Swift leads the list with $73.5 million. The Pop singer was followed by Kenny Chesney (#2) with $39.8 million, The Rolling Stones (#3) with $39.6 million, Billy Joel (#4) $31.7 million, and One Direction (#5) with $24.2 million.

To read the full list visit Billboard.

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