Taylor Swift was the highest-paid musician last year, and she did it without any ticket sales. Here's how the top 10 highest-earning artists compare, according to Billboard

Taylor Swift was the highest-paid musician last year, and she did it without any ticket sales. Here's how the top 10 highest-earning artists compare, according to Billboard
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Taylor Swift in "You Need to Calm Down." Taylor Swift/YouTube

1. Taylor Swift: $23.8 million

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Taylor Swift in "You Need to Calm Down." Taylor Swift/YouTube

Swift made Billboard history by earning the #1 spot on the top-paid musician rankings without any concert revenue. Earnings from the artist's 2020 albums "Folklore" and "Evermore" amounted to $20.6 million in sales and streaming royalties, pushing her to the top of the list.

Source: Billboard

2. Post Malone: $23.2 million

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Post Malone Rich Fury/Getty

Post Malone moved up four rankings from last year, according to Billboard. The artist was one of the few musicians touring before the pandemic hit, leading to $12.4 million in concert revenue. His Pepsi Center concert in Denver sold out in March 2020, one of the industry's last live concerts before lockdown.

Source: Billboard

3. Céline Dion: $17.5 million

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Celine Dion. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Contributor

All but 2% of Dion's paycheck came from the 23 shows on her Courage World Tour, which brought in $17 million. This means she made more from live touring than any other artist last year, according to Billboard.

Source: Billboard

4. Eagles: $16.3 million

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The Eagles in concert. Getty

The popular rock band was the fifth-most-played band of 2020, with 744 million web radio plays. The Eagles played 10 concerts last year, allowing the band to take home $11.4 million from live tours. Almost a third of the band's earnings come from their recorded masters, Billboard reported.

Source: Billboard

5. Billie Eilish: $14.7 million

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Billie Eilish's popular music videos gained 671 million video streams last year, placing her among Billboard's top 10 artists in that category. Eilish was only able to play at three stops on her Where Do We Go? World Tour before the pandemic hit, totaling to $1 million in revenue.

It's worth noting that Billboard includes the share of publishing revenue earned by Eilish's brother and collaborator, the producer FINNEAS, in the singer's base earnings.

Source: Billboard

6. Drake: $14.2 million

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Drake takes the crown for the second year in a row as the overall top streaming artist. The rapper had nearly 3 billion more streams than Taylor Swift. Billboard notes Swift earned more on streaming, though, because she retains control of her most recent recording masters, including 2020's "Folklore" and "Evermore" albums.

Source: Billboard, Rolling Stone

7. Queen: $13.2 million

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The rock legends ranked fourth in physical album sales, Billboard reported. The band's limited-edition colored vinyl Studio Collection cost more than $500 each, adding to the 517,000 physical album sales the group saw last year. Queen also brought in $5.5 million from streaming.

Source: Billboard

8. The Beatles: $12.9 million

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Apple Records

This is the first time The Beatles have made Billboard's Money Makers ranking. A large percentage of revenue came from selling higher-priced reissued vinyl albums, and that was bolstered by the fact that the Fab Four have locked in a royalty rate of 50%, sources told Billboard.

Source: Billboard

9. YoungBoy Never Broke Again: $11.9 million

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YoungBoy Never Broke Again debuted on the list, thanks to his 7.6 billion total streams. The "White Teeth" artist ranks first overall in the video streaming category. All of that contributed to about $10 million in streaming revenue last year.

Source: Billboard

10. Lil Baby: $11.7 million

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Lil Baby poses in the press room with the award for best new artist at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Lil Baby landed a No. 1 album with "My Turn" and took over the Billboard Hot 100 last year with 12 songs appearing on the list at one time. The rapper, who's appearing on the list for the first time, earned $9.1 million from more than 6.2 billion streams, with an additional $2.2 million coming from publishing revenue.

Source: Billboard

Check out Billboard's full ranking of the top 50 Money Makers here.

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