Read | World’s Top-Earning Musicians Of 2019

Read | World’s Top-Earning Musicians Of 2019

Forbes‘ annual countdown of the world’s highest-paid musicians is topped by Taylor Swift.

The superstar songstress earned $185 million thanks to a new record deal, landing in the top spot on the Forbes list of Highest-Earning Musicians for the second time in five years.

Elsewhere on the list, Kanye West was not far behind, with $150 million, thanks to a surge in sales of Yeezy sneakers.

“I am a product guy at my core,” explained West, No. 2 on the list.

Two other acts entered nine-figure territory this year: British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran (No. 3, $110 million) and California rock band The Eagles (No. 4, $100 million), who both made the cut thanks to a heavy slate of gigs.

The No. 5 spot is claimed by another venerable rocker, Elton John, who collected $84 million in 2019 in the midst of his farewell tour.

To determine our rankings, Forbes considers income from touring, music and outside business ventures with the help of Pollstar, Nielsen Music and interviews with industry insiders including many of the stars themselves. Our list measures pretax earnings and does not deduct fees for agents, managers or lawyers.