Who were the highest-paid musicians in 2021 – and how did they get so rich? Here’s the top 10.
Making money from music in 2022 requires more than writing a fantastic song. The richest music artists in the world knew this from the beginning.
Music wealth analyst Zack O’Malley Greenburg has compiled a list for Rolling Stone showing his calculations of the highest-paid musicians in 2021. These superstars gained their wealth from investing outside music, whether that’s launching fashion lines or merchandise, or striking other lucrative business deals.
Looking outside of the bread-and-butter of making and performing music is more important now than ever, with continuing coronavirus restrictions still cancelling concerts. And the past year has seen the emergence of a different way for popular artists to increase their wealth.
Musical icons, most of them with a long career behind them, have been selling the rights to their entire song catalogues for incredibly high sums. That means that there’s been some shifting in the richest music artist lists.
How did the highest-paid musicians of 2021 make their money? Who is the richest female artist? Scroll on to find out.
The top 10 richest music artists in the world
5. Ryan Tedder – $200 million
Lead singer of OneRepublic Ryan Tedder sold his catalogue for $200 million at the beginning of the year, as well as adding wealth from the band’s latest album Human.
10. Taylor Swift – $80 million
The only woman in the top ten, logic follows that Taylor Swift is the female music artist who made the most money in 2021.
2021 was the year that Swift began re-releasing her original albums, taking back control after the unauthorised sale of her masters. Always business-savvy, Swift also had deals with Starbucks and Peloton.
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