Taylor Swift becomes the first artist to top the list advertising panel ranking of the highest earners without any concert revenue in 2020. Due to the pandemic, the majority of artists were unable to tour, relying instead on other forms of Other income, mainly streaming and merchandise sales.
The Shake it off The singer earned $23.8 million last year mainly thanks to streaming royalties. Her two 2020 albums, Folk culture And Alwaysearned $20.3 million alone, proving how much Swift relied on streaming to make money last year.
Following her is Post Malone with an impressive amount of 23.2 million USD. Malone was one of the few artists to make money on tour last year, raking in $12.4 million from sold-out shows in North America. Other notable modern superstars to make the list include Billie Eilish ($14.7 million), Drake ($14.2 million) and Lil Baby ($11.7 million).
As you’d expect, some classic rock acts were also successful. The Beatles ($12.9 million) and Queen ($13.2 million) both appeared, while Canadian singer Celine Dion came in third with $17.5 million. Interestingly, she earned $17 million from 23 shows on her Courage World Tour, meaning she earned more money from live touring in 2020 than any other artist.
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- Taylor Swift ($23.8 million)
- Post Malone ($23.2 million)
- Celine Dion (17.5 million USD)
- Eagle ($16.3 million)
- Billie Eilish ($14.7 million)
- Drake ($14.2 million)
- Queen ($13.2 million)
- Beatles ($12.9 million)
- YoungBoy Never Broke Again ($11.9 million)
- Lil Baby ($11.7 million)
- The Weeknd ($10.4 million)
- 12. Adventura ($10.2 million)
- AC/DC ($10.1 million)
- Eminem ($9.7 million)
- Lil Uzi Vert ($9.5 million)
- Luke Combs ($9.2 million)
- DaBaby ($9.1 million)
- Metallica ($9 million)
- BTS (8.9 million USD)
- Pink Floyd ($8.8 million)