"Easy" money: The Eagles among top-earning music artists on the "Forbes" 2019 Celebrity 100 list

Written by on July 10, 2019

Credit: George Holz

The Eagles keep on touring, but they probably could take it easy after all the money they raked in over the past year. According to the 2019 edition of Forbes‘ Celebrity 100 list, which ranks the world’s top-earning celebrities, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers made $100 million during the last 12 months.

That figure makes The Eagles the highest-paid rock act and puts them at #4 among all music artists and #8 on the list overall. Much of the band’s earnings come from its ongoing “An Evening with the Eagles” tour.

The next rock act on the list is Elton John, who brought in $84 million, putting him at #19 on the Celebrity 100 and fifth among musicians. This past year, Elton launched his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which is expected to run for about three years.

Other rockers on the tally include Metallica at #30 with $68.5 million in earnings; Billy Joel at #53 with $52 million; Fleetwood Mac at #59 with $49 million; Paul McCartney, who’s tied with pop superstar Ariana Grande at #62 with $48 million; Guns N’ Roses at #71 with $44 million; The Rolling Stones at #83 with $41 million; and Dave Matthews Band at #92 with $39 million.

As for the highest-paid celebrity on the list, that would be pop superstar Taylor Swift, who earned a whopping $185 million.

For the full Celebrity 100 list, visit Forbes.com.

Here are all of the music artists on the tally:

#1: Taylor Swift
#3: Kanye West
#5: Ed Sheeran
#8: The Eagles
#19: Elton John
#20: JAY-Z, Beyonce (tie)
#25: Drake
#28: Sean “P. Diddy” Combs
#30: Metallica
#36: Rihanna
#39: Travis Scott
#41: Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake (tie)
#43. BTS, Pink (tie)
#53: Billy Joel
#54: Bruno Mars
#57: Jimmy Buffett, Eminem (tie)
#59: Fleetwood Mac
#62: Ariana Grande, Paul McCartney (tie)
#67: The Chainsmokers
#71: Guns N’ Roses
#76: Jennifer Lopez
#78: Luke Bryan
#83: The Rolling Stones
#87: DJ Khaled, Marshmello, The Weeknd (tie)
#90: Lady Gaga
#92: Dave Matthews Band
#95: Zac Brown Band, Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar (tie)
#98: Shawn Mendes
#100: Celine Dion

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