Billboard’s Top Money Makers
Billboard’s 2014 Top 40 Money Makers tally ranks some of the highest-paid artists of the past year.
The 'Suit & Tie' crooner landed at No. 3 with $31 million in earnings from digital sales of his albums (both 'The 20/20 Experience' projects), his Legends tour with Jay Z and his own trek, which grossed $60 million and $43 million, respectively.
Queen Bey finished at No. 6 with $24 million in earnings. Much of her monies came from her extensive touring schedule last year. The 'Drunk in Love' singer pocketed $20 million from the U.S. leg of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, which grossed $59 million. In addition, her game-changing self-titled album moved 1.6 million copies in the first week when it was released in December.
Meanwhile, Bey’s husband Jay Z was also making a lot of cheddar in 2013. According to Billboard, Hov made $16 million last year, which placed him at No. 16. His Samsung deal, his Legends tour with Justin Timberlake and his own trek, the Magna Carter World Tour, helped increase his money flow last year.