These Are The Top 10 Music Artists By Global Earnings, And The Leader Is “Born In The USA”

This article was originally published in March 2022.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reported on Tuesday that global recorded music revenues grew 18.5% in 2021, with much of the growth driven by paid subscription streaming. The report shows that total revenue for 2021 was $25.9 billion.

The coronavirus is largely responsible for the surge in streaming, as most artists have been unable to tour, forcing them to depend on streaming revenue for their income.

As an example, K-pop group BTS loses between $500,000 and $1 million per show they can’t play.

The pandemic hasn’t stopped these 10 highest-earning artists from earning $2.3 billion in 2021.

  • Bruce Springsteen – $590 million
  • Jay Z – $470 million
  • Paul Simon – $260 million
  • Kanye West – $250 million
  • Ryan Tedder – $200 million
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – $145 million
  • Lindsey Buckingham – $100 million
  • Motley Crue – $95 million
  • Blake Shelton – $83 million
  • Taylor Swift – $80 million

Here are the top 10 global artists by consumption:

  • BTS
  • Taylor Swift
  • Adele
  • Duck
  • Ed Sheeran
  • The weekend
  • Billie Eilish
  • justin bieber
  • Seventeen
  • Olivia Rodrigue

The top 10 singles were:

  • The Weekend – “Save Your Tears”
  • The Kid Lario – “Stay”
  • Doua Lipa – “Levitation”
  • BTS – “Butter”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “Driver’s License”
  • Justin Bieber – “Peaches”
  • The Weekend – “Blinding Lights”
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “Good 4 U”
  • Lil Nas X – “Montero”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Bad habits”

Photo: Shayne Kaye via Flickr