Highest Paid Music Stars in 2014
Earnings Per Second

Total Seconds to Calculate Earnings

Musicians are making more today than actors or sports stars.
Find out what the 30 highest paid musicians made per second in 2014.

DR DRE: MUSIC MOGUL

Dr. Dre  Salary 2014

Selling Beats headphones to Apple for $3 billion led rapper, producer and entrepreneur Dr. Dre to earn nearly $20 a second in 2014. Dre's deal with Apple gave him the biggest single-year payout in the history of the music industry. You said it, Dre: The Ace is back.

Earnings in 2014: $620,000,000.00

Dr. Dre Made $19.66 Per Second

POP SUPERSTARS

Beyonce was far and away the top paid female musician in 2014 and the highest paid musician overall in terms of getting paid for actually releasing music. 2014 was Beyonce's most lucrative year to date thanks to her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, her surprise album and endorsement deals with Pepsi and H&M. Beyonce earned $3.65 per second in 2014.

Beyonce Knowles  Earnings Per Second 2014

Beyonce Knowles

Earnings in 2014: $115,000,000.00

Beyonce Knowles Made $3.65 Per Second

Justin Bieber  Earnings Per Second 2014

Justin Bieber

Earnings in 2014: $80,000,000.00

Justin Bieber Made $2.54 Per Second

Taylor Swift  Earnings Per Second 2014

Taylor Swift

Earnings in 2014: $64,000,000.00

Taylor Swift Made $2.03 Per Second

Bruno Mars  Earnings Per Second 2014

Bruno Mars

Earnings in 2014: $60,000,000.00

Bruno Mars Made $1.90 Per Second

Justin Timberlake  Earnings Per Second 2014

Justin Timberlake

Earnings in 2014: $57,000,000.00

Justin Timberlake Made $1.81 Per Second

Pink  Earnings Per Second 2014

Pink

Earnings in 2014: $52,000,000.00

Pink Made $1.65 Per Second

Rihanna  Earnings Per Second 2014

Rihanna

Earnings in 2014: $48,000,000.00

Rihanna Made $1.52 Per Second

Katy Perry  Earnings Per Second 2014

Katy Perry

Earnings in 2014: $40,000,000.00

Katy Perry Made $1.27 Per Second

Jennifer Lopez  Earnings Per Second 2014

Jennifer Lopez

Earnings in 2014: $37,000,000.00

Jennifer Lopez Made $1.17 Per Second

Miley Cyrus  Earnings Per Second 2014

Miley Cyrus

Earnings in 2014: $36,000,000.00

Miley Cyrus Made $1.14 Per Second

Lady Gaga  Earnings Per Second 2014

Lady Gaga

Earnings in 2014: $33,000,000.00

Lady Gaga Made $1.05 Per Second

BANDS & MUSICAL GROUPS

It's kind of hard to believe that older generation rock band The Eagles pulled in millions more than One Direction in 2014, earning over $3 a second all year long. Rock bands Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones were also among the highest paid musical acts in 2014 due in large part to their extensive world tours.

The Eagles

The Eagles  Money 2014

Earnings in 2014: $100,000,000.00

The Eagles Made $3.17 Per Second

Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi  Money 2014

Earnings in 2014: $82,000,000.00

Bon Jovi Made $2.60 Per Second

One Direction

One Direction  Money 2014

Earnings in 2014: $75,000,000.00

One Direction Made $2.38 Per Second

Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones  Money 2014

Earnings in 2014: $47,000,000.00

Rolling Stones Made $1.49 Per Second

Muse

Muse  Money 2014

Earnings in 2014: $34,000,000.00

Muse Made $1.08 Per Second

Rappers, Producers & Moguls

It's not shocking that rap superstars Jay Z and Drake were among the highest paid music stars of the year, but you might be surprised that UK DJ Calvin Harris came out of the blue and earned more than either of them in 2014. Harris earned over $2 a second in 2014 for producing hit songs for Rihanna and DJing nightly for the tune of six figures. Music mogul Diddy also topped the list thanks to the cash he earned from buying Diageo's Ciroc vodka brand.

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris  Music Stars 2014

Earnings in 2014: $66,000,000.00

Calvin Harris Made $2.09 Per Second

Jay Z

Jay Z  Music Stars 2014

Earnings in 2014: $60,000,000.00

Jay Z Made $1.90 Per Second

Diddy

Diddy  Music Stars 2014

Earnings in 2014: $60,000,000.00

Diddy Made $1.90 Per Second

Drake

Drake  Music Stars 2014

Earnings in 2014: $33,000,000.00

Drake Made $1.05 Per Second

COUNTRY MUSIC STARS

Toby Keith was the highest paid country musician in 2014, earning over $2 a second thanks in large part to his record label and restaurant chain. These top paid country music stars earned a combined total of over $180 million.

Toby Keith

Toby Keith  Musician Salary 2014

Earnings in 2014: $65,000,000.00

Toby Keith Made $2.06 Per Second

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney  Musician Salary 2014

Earnings in 2014: $44,000,000.00

Kenny Chesney Made $1.40 Per Second

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean  Musician Salary 2014

Earnings in 2014: $37,000,000.00

Jason Aldean Made $1.17 Per Second

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan  Musician Salary 2014

Earnings in 2014: $34,000,000.00

Luke Bryan Made $1.08 Per Second

SINGERS & SOLO ACTS

Bruce Springsteen might not have gotten as much media attention and publicity as pop stars like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber in 2014, but in the end the Boss earned more than either of them did. These solo acts and adult contemporary artists made the list of the year's highest paid musicians mostly because of all of the money they made from touring and performing live throughout the year.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen Music Per Second Salary 2014

Earnings in 2014: $81,000,000.00

Bruce Springsteen Made $2.57 Per Second

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney Music Per Second Salary 2014

Earnings in 2014: $71,000,000.00

Paul McCartney Made $2.25 Per Second

Roger Waters

Roger Waters Music Per Second Salary 2014

Earnings in 2014: $46,000,000.00

Roger Waters Made $1.46 Per Second

Elton John

Elton John Music Per Second Salary 2014

Earnings in 2014: $45,000,000.00

Elton John Made $1.43 Per Second

Michael Buble

Michael Buble Music Per Second Salary 2014

Earnings in 2014: $51,000,000.00

Michael Buble Made $1.62 Per Second

Celine Dion

Celine Dion Music Per Second Salary 2014

Earnings in 2014: $36,000,000.00

Celine Dion Made $1.14 Per Second