Billboard's 2018 Money Makersby Silitonga | created - 24 Jul 2018 | updated - 24 Jul 2018 | Public
Soundtrack | Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
U2 has been perhaps the biggest music act in the world since the late 1980s to the current day. They take prominent stands on human rights issues, expressed through their lyrics and other public statements and actions. The band's lead singer, Bono, has become quite prominent in charity movements ...
$54.4 million Last year: n/a
2. Garth Brooks
Soundtrack | Frequency
Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Troyal Garth Brooks. He has been married to Trisha Yearwood since December 10, 2005. He was previously married to Sandy Mahl.
$52.2 million Last year: 18
Soundtrack | Mission: Impossible II
Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship ...
$43.2 million Last year: 15
4. Bruno Mars
Soundtrack | Rio 2
Bruno Mars was born on October 8, 1985 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez.
$40.7 million Last year: n/a
5. Ed Sheeran
Soundtrack | Yesterday
Ed Sheeran was born on February 17, 1991 in Yorkshire, England as Edward Christopher Sheeran. He has been married to Cherry Seaborn since December 2018.
$31.3 million Last year: n/a
6. Lady Gaga
Soundtrack | A Star Is Born
Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.
Gaga was born on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York City, to Cynthia Louise (Bissett), a philanthropist and business executive, and Joseph Anthony ...
$29.7 million Last year: n/a
7. Billy Joel
Soundtrack | Oliver & Company
Billy Joel was born on May 9, 1949 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as William Martin Joel. He has been married to Alexis Roderick since July 4, 2015. They have two children. He was previously married to Katie Lee, Christie Brinkley and Elizabeth Weber.
$29.2 million Last year: 11
Soundtrack | Body of Lies
Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. The lineup, when first signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Guns N' Roses has ...
$27.8 million Last year: 2
9. Roger Waters
Soundtrack | Pink Floyd: The Wall
Roger Waters was born on September 6, 1943 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England as George Roger Waters. He was previously married to Laurie Durning, Pricilla Phillips, Carolyn Christie and Judy Trim.
$27.2 million Last year: n/a
Soundtrack | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Before performing under the name "Coldplay", the band's name was "Starfish".
$26.5 million Last year: 6
Soundtrack | Larry Crowne
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers were an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida formed in 1976. The band was part of Southern rock but also at the forefront of the heartland rock movement, alongside artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and John Mellencamp who arose in the late 1970s and...
$23.4 million Last year: n/a
12. The Weeknd
Soundtrack | Black Panther
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, professionally known as 'The Weeknd' is a Canadian singer born in Toronto. Best known for his performances in his latest album 'Starboy' (2016), and numerous other productions including 'Kissland' (2013), Beauty Behind the Madness (2015) which included the mega-hit; 'The ...
$23.3 million Last year: 42
13. Kendrick Lamar
Soundtrack | The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Kendrick Lamar is a hip-hop artist from Compton, California. He's signed with Dr. Dre's label, Aftermath. Kendrick also has his own label, known as 'Top Dawg Entertainment', with includes artists such as Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q and Ab Soul. Kendrick's major label debut album, 'good kid m.A.A.d city' ...
$21.7 million Last year: n/a
Soundtrack | Twister
Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. Currently, the band consists of founding members vocalist ...
$21.6 million Last year: n/a
15. Luke Bryan
Soundtrack | GCB
Luke Bryan was born on July 17, 1976 in Leesburg, Georgia, USA as Thomas Luther Bryan. He has been married to Caroline Bryan since December 8, 2006. They have two children.
$21 million Last year: 8
Soundtrack | The Do-Over
$20.9 million Last year: 23
17. Paul McCartney
Actor | A Hard Day's Night
Sir Paul McCartney is a key figure in contemporary culture as a singer, composer, poet, writer, artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and holder of more than 3 thousand copyrights. He is in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for most records sold, most #1s (shared), most covered song, "Yesterday," ...
$20.5 million Last year: 16
Soundtrack | The Great Gatsby
Shawn Corey Carter was born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York City. Carter was a school friend of The Notorious B.I.G.. He first started releasing records in the late 1980s. In 1990, he appeared on records by his close friend, Jaz ("The Originators") and Original Flavor ("Can I Get Open"), ...
$19.8 million Last year: n/a
19. Eric Church
Soundtrack | The Do-Over
Eric Church was born on May 3, 1977 in Granite Falls, North Carolina, USA as Kenneth Eric Church. He has been married to Katherine Blasingame since January 8, 2008. They have two children.
$19.4 million Last year: n/a
Soundtrack | The Wrestler
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, worked as a bus driver, and was of Irish and Dutch ancestry. His mother, Adele Ann (Zerilli), worked as a legal secretary, and was of Italian descent. He has an...
$18.5 million Last year: 3
21. Chris Stapleton
Soundtrack | The Predator
Chris Stapleton was born on April 15, 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA as Christopher Alvin Stapleton. He has been married to Morgane Stapleton since October 2007. They have five children.
$17.9 million Last year: n/a
23. Neil Diamond
Soundtrack | The Jazz Singer
Neil Leslie Diamond was born in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York City, on January 24, 1941. His father, Akeeba "Kieve" Diamond, was a dry-goods merchant. Both he and wife Rose were Jewish immigrants from Poland. The Diamond family temporarily relocated to Cheyenne, Wyoming, because of...
$16.5 million Last year: n/a
25. John Mayer
Soundtrack | The Bucket List
John Mayer was born on October 16, 1977 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA as John Clayton Mayer.
$16.24 million Last year: n/a
26. Céline Dion
Soundtrack | Titanic
Hailing from the small town of Charlemagne, Québec, Céline Dion has become one of the all-time greatest singers. Céline was born in 1968, the youngest of 14 children. Early in childhood, she sang with her siblings in a small club owned by her parents. From these early experiences, Céline gained the...
$16.18 million Last year: 33
Soundtrack | Furious Seven
Future was born on November 20, 1983 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn.
$15 million Last year: 17
28. Bon Jovi
Soundtrack | Spaceballs
They have had many hits throughout the world, including "Runaway", "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Livin' on a Prayer", "Wanted Dead or Alive", "Bad Medicine', "Lay Your Hands on Me", "I'll Be There for You", "Keep the Faith", "Bed of Roses", "Always", "It's My Life", "Everyday", "Have a Nice Day", "...
$14.5 million Last year: n/a
29. Imagine Dragons
Soundtrack | Transformers: Age of Extinction
Imagine Dragons is an alternative-rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Band members include frontman Dan Reynolds, bassist Ben McKee, guitarist Wayne Sermon, and drummer Daniel Platzman. As of 2015, they have released two studio albums. Their first, "Night Visions", was released in September of 2012 ...
$14.4 million Last year: n/a
30. Britney Spears
Soundtrack | Crossroads
Britney Jean Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana to Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears. As a child, Britney attended dance classes, and she was great at gymnastics, winning many competitions and the like. But, most of all, Britney loved to sing. At age 8, Britney ...
$14.1 million Last year: 39
Soundtrack | It
Originally called "Nynuk", a name that made the boys cringe, Columbia Records stated they saw no market for the band with such a name when they signed them to a one-record deal in 1985. The group subsequently settled on the name "New Kids on the Block" after a rap song that Donnie had written for ...
$13.478 million Last year: n/a
32. Tim McGraw
Actor | Tomorrowland
Three-time Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw, the son of former major league reliever Tug McGraw, is a country music superstar who has sold over 40 million albums. Eleven of his album have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country album chart and he has had 21 hit No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot ...
$13.475 Last year: n/a
Soundtrack | Flash Gordon
Queen were one of the longest-lasting and most commercially successful bands to emerge from the British heavy rock scene of the early 1970s, but unlike their contemporaries such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, they soon became just as popular with pop fans as fans of hard rock and ...
With Adam Lambert $13.4 million Last year: n/a
35. J. Cole
Soundtrack | Project X
Jermaine Cole (a.k.a. J.Cole) was originally born in Germany. But his origins are from North Carolina/Charlotte and he never hides it. He was signed by Jay-Z as the first artist for his record label Roc Nation. He dropped his first mix tape there, 'The Warm Up' and it had received great reviews ...
$12.9 million last year: n/a