LOS ANGELES: The pandemic could have utterly up-ended the song trade’s conventional trade fashion, however artists discovered a wide variety of the way to make many tens of millions of bucks in 2021, in keeping with ‘Selection’.
And the large winners have been just about all white and male if one is going by way of a ’10 Easiest-Paid Musicians’ checklist revealed by way of ‘Rolling Stone’ mag on Friday (US Time).
Jay-Z, Kanye West and Taylor Swift are the 3 exceptions within the checklist that incorporates Paul Simon, Ryan Tedder, Purple Sizzling Chili Peppers, Lindsey Buckingham, Motley Crue and Blake Shelton.
Created by way of former Forbes correspondent Zack O’Malley Greenburg, the checklist options a number of artists who cashed of their music catalogues for nine-figure sums closing 12 months.
The chief of the pack, stories ‘Selection’, used to be Bruce Springsteen, who now not simplest offered his publishing and recorded-music rights to Sony Track in December for determine assets say used to be round $550 million, but additionally used to be the uncommon performer to make a wholesome sum from are living performances, along with his ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ summer season reprise.
Seven of the ten made the checklist in accordance with catalogue gross sales, with the one exceptions being Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift, who had large years both with non-music ventures, equivalent to West’s Yeezy shoe empire, or Jay’s sale of part of his champagne line.
Or, to cite ‘Selection’, it used to be a “bounty of closely streamed and offered song”, as when it comes to Swift’s 4 albums launched in simply 18 months (at the side of profitable partnerships with Peloton and Starbucks). Additionally notable is a up to now undisclosed $50-million catalogue deal from Blake Shelton.
“And in a tragic mirrored image of the state of the sector, except for the ones exceptions, the checklist is all older white males — with Stevie Nicks, who struck a $100-million catalogue maintain Number one Wave, simply lacking the cutoff,” concludes ‘Selection’. The highest 10’s general take? $2.3 billion.