Lots Of Surprises As Forbes Names Its Top-Paid Entertainers Of The Year — Jay Z Didn’t Even Make Top 20

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J.K. Rowling is back! The Harry Potter author came back to prove, once again, that her pen has the Midas touch. She released the long-awaited sequel to the Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And let’s not forget about the royalties from the Universal theme park attractions and the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She’s officially worth about $95 million, securing the number 3 spot.

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Drake secured the number one spot by getting his hustle on. He’s the most streamed artist over the past year, he’s been relentlessly touring, and he releases music so consistently, he’s pretty much always on the airwaves. The “More Life” rapper brought home $94 million last year, doubling his income from the last year. Started from the bottom, now he’s here.

The Weeknd has not taken long to become one of the biggest stars on the planet. He’s got about 5.5 streaming plays and he stands to make $1.1 million on each stop of his tour. Proving to be as savvy a businessman as he is a great pop musician, The Weeknd told Forbes, “Artists don’t really make the money off the music like we did in the Golden Age. It’s not really coming in until you hit the stage.”