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These Are The Black Artists Topping FORBES Highest Paid Musicians of 2017

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Diddy posing with his hands up showing he is one of the highest paid musicians

It’s been a hot year for black musicians. So hot that the top four highest paid musicians of 2017 are all black according to FORBES list of The World’s Highest-Paid musicians of 2017.

Who are the stars racking in the big bucks?


#1. Diddy – $130 Million

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Photo: Johnny Wolf for Forbes

  • “Whether you call him Diddy, Puffy or Brother Love, Sean Combs tops our list thanks to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, his Circo vodka deal and the sale of one-third of Sean John for an estimated $70 million.”


#2. Beyonce- $105 Million

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Photo by Larry Busacca/PW

  • “Queen Bey’s Formation World Tour, which wrapped up in late 2016 and fell partly in our scoring period, grossed a quarter of a billion dollars. Since 2008, Beyonce has earned more than $700 million. She and husband Jay-Z welcomed twins this summer.”

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#3. Drake- $94 Million

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Photo: 2017 Lagerhaus

  • “The world’s most-streamed artist over the past 12 months, the Canadian superstar has been making the bulk of his bucks on the road during his Boy Meets World Tour. He also collects checks from Apple, Sprite, and Nike.”


#4. The Weeknd- $92 Million

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Photo: 2017 Getty Images

  • “With 5.5 billion streams in the past two years and a gross of more than $1 million per stop on his latest tour, The Weeknd has mastered the new music economy. “Artists don’t really make the money off the music like we did in the Golden Age,” he told FORBES. “It’s not really coming in until you hit the stage.””