Forbes recently released their annual Highest Paid Musician list for 2016 and it compiles 30 artists of various genres who dominated this year with sold-out concerts, chart-topping singles and more. Of course New Jersey’s hometown hero Bruce Springsteen made the list, but where the rocker landed might surprise you!
The Long Branch native had one hell of a year! Not only did he celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first number one album The River (his fifth studio album) with a special collection box-set release in December, but he also gave fans a real treat when he hit the road with the E Street Band for The River Tour. Hitting stages across North America and Europe, the singer and guitar player racked in millions!
So just how much did he make this year? According to Forbes, Bruce pulled in a whopping $60.5 million in 2016! The Boss took the number 11 spot on the list, beating out acts like Justin Bieber and legendary Beatles frontman Paul McCartney. Spoiler alert: “Out of the Woods” songstress Taylor Swift took home the top prize of highest paid artist of 2016 with $170 million.
Wondering how they calculate all their earnings and reach these conclusions? Well according to Forbes, their “list measures pretax income from June 1, 2015, to June 1, 2016 before deducting management fees. Numbers are based on data from Pollstar, Nielsen and the RIAA, as well as interviews with managers, agents, lawyers—and some stars themselves.”