Atlanta Music Scene

Atlanta music, concerts and entertainment

Forbes 100 highest-paid celebrities: Taylor Swift, Adele, take a bow

As noted when she played Atlanta in 2015 , it’s Taylor Swift’s world and we just live in it.

Another bit of proof: Forbes just released its annual list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities and, as a surprise to no one, Swift tops the lineup with $170 million.

Don’t shed too many tears for her quickly-moved-on-from boyfriend Calvin Harris. The Scottish DJ parlayed his live skills – primarily from a high-profile residency in Las Vegas – to the tune of a $63 million year (landing him at No. 21 on the list).

Other musical acts with big enough bank accounts to make the Top 20 are Adele at No. 9 ($80.5 million); Madonna at No. 12 ($76.5 million); Rihanna at No. 13 ($75 million);  AC/DC at No. 17 ($67.5 million); and The Rolling Stones at No. 18 ($66.5 million).

Peppered throughout the list – which tallies income from June 2015 through June 2016 – are Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney and Katy Perry.

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Most read

  1. 1 Friday nights scores: AJC Georgia high school football results
  2. 2 TMZ: Friend who found Bobbi Kristina unconscious also dead - likely fr
  3. 3 The un-celebrity president: Jimmy Carter shuns riches and lives modest

Click here for the full run-through.

Follow the AJC Music Scene on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Author

Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.

More from AJC