Justin Bieber, One Direction Among the World’s Highest-Paid Musicians of 2014
Looks like 2014 was a good year to be Justin Bieber and One Direction! The fan-favorite artists were the only two acts under the age of 30 to land in the Top 10 of Forbes' list of World's Highest-Paid Musicians of 2014.
To compile the list, Forbes looked at "income from touring, recorded music, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures" from June 2013 to June 2014. The Biebs raked in $80 million, landing him the sixth spot, while 1D earned $75 million, coming in just a hair behind Bieber at No. 7. Not too shabby for guys well under the age of 25!
Dr. Dre landed the top spot with a whopping $620 million income before taxes (thanks to the little $3 billion sale of Beats to Apple), with Beyonce trailing behind in second place with $115 million. (We're sure she's crying all the way to the bank.) While Taylor Swift did not make it into the Top 10, she still earned $64 million this year. To put it in perspective, this was all calculated before the release of '1989.' Jay Z joins his wife on the list with $60 million, while some of our faves rounded out the highest-earning list with Katy Perry raking in $40 million and Miley Cyrus earning $36 million.
To see the full list of the top earners, head on over to Forbes. Basically, the moral of the story is we need to become insanely successful artists ASAP.
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