Can you imagine your life without music even a single day? Of course no, Right? In fact music makes our dull and monotonous life interesting and easy going. Sometime we listen a song and it feels like a story hidden in our heart has been transformed in lyrics. That song suddenly triggers all the memories and thoughts of that loving person and place. Did this ever happen to you? Well, it happens with me every time I listen my favourite song.
Music is really the language of heart that creates magic and drives people crazy. And the musician, they are truly the special creation of god. They’re born like anyone but emerge as the entertainer of the whole universe. They not only leave people stunned with their voice but also their earning figures. Music industry is really a rich industry if you talk in terms of money and talent. Here we have listed 10 such musicians who proudly made a place in this list as well as in millions of heart.
Here are the top 10 Highest Earning Male Musicians in The World in 2017-2018
10. Garth Brooks: $150 million
American pop country singer, musician and songwriter Garth Brooks is a pivotal figure in the history of ‘county music’. With his integration of rock and roll elements into the country genre and 70’s arena rock dramatics, Brooks brought country music to a mass audience and gained a huge popularity in the world. He shattered all the barriers in 1990 with his maiden album ‘Garth Brooks’, which was massive success. 2 times Grammy Award and 17 times American Music Award winner Garth wrote her name in music history becoming the only artist to have released 7 albums achieving diamond status in US. He is also ‘best-selling solo album artist’ with 160 million records worldwide. Aside from music, Garth is also involved in professional baseball game and some charitable activities.
9. Bruce Springsteen: $200 million
Nicknames as ‘The Boss’, the 67 years old Bruce is an arena rock star and highly regarded singer-songwriter. Well known for his distinctive voice and his lengthy & energetic stage performance, Bruce is an artist who maintained his frontline recording status consistently selling millions of blockbuster albums around the world year after year. He became a global name in 1975 with his album ‘Born to Run’ which was critically and commercially acclaimed. He has earned numerous awards over his entire career including 20 Grammy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, and 1 Oscar Award as well as being inducted into the ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’.
8. Kenny Rogers: $250 million
‘The Country Music Hall of Fame’ member, singer-songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur Kenny Rogers has captivated the music lovers around the globe with his heart-felt songs, mind bowing performances, and distinctive voice and enjoyed a massive success on both the country and pop music. He released some of million-seller songs over his career such as ‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Next Town’, ‘Reuben James’, Kenny’ and ‘The Gambler’. If you talk about awards, Kenny is recipient of many awards such as Grammy, ACM, AMA, CMA and also a lifetime achievement award for a six decades long career. His other source for his whopping earning is a restaurant which started up in 1991.
7. Tom Jones: $250 million
Born as Thomas Woodward, the 76 years old Jones is a Welsh rock, pop and soul legend who has been giving hit after hit songs since last 6 decades. He rose in fame in mid 1960’s when he started working with the band ‘Tommy Scott’ as a vocalist. Later, performing in wide range of genres like pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, soul, and gospel, he gave many award winning songs, of which ‘It’s not Unusual’, ‘Delilah’, ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’, ‘Kiss’, and ‘She’s a Lady’ are the most popular ones. In 1969, he started his own TV show ‘This is Tom Jones’. Lasted for 2 years, this show was internationally successful.
6. Aaron Kwok: $275 million
The 51 years old Hong Kong singer, dancer and actor has recently dominated in media world because of his lavish wedding with Chinese model Moka Fang. Now let’s get back from his wedding. Considered as ‘Four Heavenly Kings’ of Hong Kong, Aaron started his career as a dancer and later stepped into pop music. He came in recognition with a TV advertisement and soon after his debut album ‘Love You Endlessly’ came which was a huge success in the industry selling 50,000 records only in China and Taiwan. Aaron, who played many successful concerts, is often called as ‘Hong Kong’s Michael Jackson’ because of his unparalleled dancing skills.
5. Johnny Hallyday: $275 million
France’s only and full-fledged rock star Johnny Hallyday is a singer and actor. The celebrated artist is not very much popular outside the Francophone world but is still an International name from French rock music. Because of his impeccable sense of rock & roll style, his stage presence is always electrifying. Having under her belt 181 tours, 18 platinum albums, and 80 million records worldwide, Johnny is undoubtedly world’s one of the best musicians. In 2009, France’s biggest rock star Johnny was diagnosed with cancer. Presently his health as well as professional conditions are well.
4. George Strait: $300 million
The 64 years old George Strait, an American country singer, producer and actor, is well known for releasing 18 consecutive number 1 hit songs that gave him the title of ‘King of Country’. A country music icon since 1980’s, George is one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. His traditional country sound and cowboy look put the stage on fire. Having sold over 100 million records globally, George has released many smashing albums including 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums. The legendary musician has also served US army till 1980 before turning into music industry.
3. Julio Iglesias: $300 million
Three times Guinness Book records Awardee Julio Iglesias is a Spanish singer and song-writer who has sold more than 350 million albums worldwide over his career spanning 6 decades. Being one of the most successful European singers, Julio has released over 2600 gold and platinum albums in 14 languages and confirmed his status as an international icon. Throughout his career, he remains the most popular concert draw alluring the audience across the world with his dashing looks, powerful voice and romantic image. The phenomenal artist has won almost every prestigious award in the recording industry such as Grammy, Billboard Award, World music award and many more.
2. Johnny Mathis: $400million
One of the most popular in a long line of traditional male vocalist, Johnny Mathis is an American singer of ‘popular music’ and Jazz. Starting his career with singles chart music, today he became a household name in album market releasing almost 80 albums with gold and platinum status. Always considered as a romantic singer, Johnny’s music style varies in Soft music, Country music, Traditional pop, and Blue music. His exceptional music style propelled him to be a music icon across the generations and popular concert attraction even today. The 81 years old musician has achieved the every height of success over his career and is today the 2nd highest earning musician in the world.
1. Toby Keith: $500 million
The country music sensation Toby Keith, American singer, song-writer, actor and record producer tops the list of highest earning male musicians. Keith’s self-titled debut album, released in 1993, made him an overnight star with its chart topping single ‘Should’ve been a Cowboy’. Thereafter he went on releasing 17 more albums all reaching the gold status. The music legend, well known for his rousing anthem to US soldiers, is also an amazing actor who appeared in some movies and TV shows. With his vibrant and terrific career, Toby is undoubtedly the most successful self-contained artist in country music history ever.
These are the top 10 highest earning male musicians right now in the world. Their journey from a common man to a popular musician was not easy. They spent numerous sleepless nights to get on the roads and then countless of hours practicing the song and perfecting the instruments before performing. But at the end of the day, their hard work paid off as they made their names in this list.