According to Forbes, Diddy, Beyonce and Drake claim the top three spots while The Weeknd came in at number four. Diddy had his best year so far, income wise, with $130 million before taxes. Much of that credited to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, Ciroc and the estimated $70 million he earned by selling a third of Sean John clothing. As the only other artist to make nine figures this year, Queen Bey came in with $105 million, which they say is due to the Formation World Tour. Although it wrapped up in 2016, it still ended up on her calendar and she made $250 million off it alone. Drake comes in at third with $94 million, largely due to his highly successful “Boy Meets World” Tour.
The Weeknd came $2 million short of Drake in earnings, making $92 million which they say is predominantly due to his Live Nation advance from touring.
Along them, Jay-Z hit number 19 on the list, making $42 million which ties him with Celine Dion.
Overall, it’s been a good year for hip hop and clearly, it’s been getting people paid out here.