Forbes’s Zack O’Malley Greenburg recently listed the top 25 highest paid musicians of the past year. Now, two of Hip Hop/R&B’s biggest stars, Jay-Z and Usher, can officially count themselves as the top earners in their respective genres.
On a list headed by stadium-filling rock acts U2, Bon Jovi and Elton John, Hova and Usher were two of five artists form the R&B/Hip Hop market featured on the list. Coming in at spot number 12 was Usher, who earned $46 million this year from touring for his recent EP Versus. Jay-Z followed at number 17 with $37 million earned this past year, out-earning his wife Beyonce for the first time since 2008.
Beyonce wasn’t too far off the mark, however. She and Bad Boy/Ciroc vodka mogul Diddy tied with Australian rockers AC/DC, country star Tim McGraw and British rock outfit Muse at spot number 18 with a whopping $35 million earned this past year. Rihanna also placed, rounding up the list in 25th place with $29 million.
Read O’Malley’s full list to find out the other top earning musicians of last year.