Forbes’ newly released list of the highest-paid musicians of the year was topped by Diddy, followed by Beyoncé and Drake.
Whether you know him as Diddy, Puffy or Brother Love, the last thing you’d call Sean Combs is average. I’m the average person,” Diddy told FORBES earlier this year. “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’s done quite a bit more than get close: Diddy became the top-earning musician on the planet, pulling in a career-best $130million pretax this year.
Beyoncé ranks second with $105 million, making her the only other act top to pull in nine figures. Queen Bey’s Formation World Tour, which wrapped up in late 2016 and fell partly in our scoring period, grossed a quarter of a billion dollars.
Drake, the world’s most-streamed artist in recent years, rounds out the top three with $94 million, much of it from his Boy Meets World Tour.
Artists don’t really make the money off the music like we did in the Golden Age,” explained The Weeknd–No. 4 on the list with $92million, most of it from his latest Live Nation advance. “It’s not really coming in until you hit the stage.”