Metallica Among Top 10 Highest-Earning Artists of 2019


Metallica have again placed in Forbes‘s list of the highest earning artists of the year, landing at #10 with gross estimated earnings of $68.5 million in 2019.

In 2017 Metallica also landed at #10 with estimated gross earnings of $66.5 million, while in 2018 they brought in $46 million, good enough for a 25th place tie with Elton John.

Forbes compiles their list each year using the following methodology:

“To determine our rankings, we consider 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.”

You can view the top ten below. The only other heavy rock act to make the list were Guns N’ Roses, who landed at #25 with $44 million. View the whole list here.

  1. Taylor Swift: $185 million
  2. Kanye West: $150 million
  3. Ed Sheeran: $110 million
  4. The Eagles: $100 million
  5. Elton John: $84 million
  6. Jay-Z: $81 million (tie)
  7. Beyonce: $81 million (tie)
  8. Drake: $75 million
  9. Diddy: $70 million
  10. Metallica: $68.5 million

Metallica are scheduled to perform at five American festivals next summer, playing two nights at each, and have a South American tour scheduled for April and May. Tickets for all upcoming dates are available here.

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