While these two years of pandemic have been a blow for many artists, who have had to postpone lucrative tours, some have managed to hold their own, as evidenced by the

Rolling Stone

ranking  of the highest paid musicians of 2021. At the bottom of this top 10, we find Taylor Swift.

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managed to generate $80 million in revenue last year.

She is, it must be emphasized, the only woman on this podium.

Nine men or groups of men follow, with the country singer Blake Shelton, the rockers of Mötley Crüe, the guitarist and singer of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, or even the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The top 5 is occupied by OneRepublic singer Ryan Tedder, with $200 million;

Kanye West, with $250 million;

Paul Simon, with $260 million;

Jay-Z, with $470 million in revenue.

Finally, Bruce Springsteen occupies the first place in this ranking, with 550 million dollars earned in 2021.

A common point

A question now arises: how did these artists manage to generate so much income in the absence of a tour?

In reality, if this ranking displays such astronomical figures, it is because the majority of these artists have chosen to sell their entire catalog for real fortunes.

Upon arrival, only Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Jay-Z managed to get out of the game without selling their rights.


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