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Diddy, Beyonce, Drake & The Weeknd are Forbes’ Highest Paid Musicians of 2017

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs attends The Four cast Sean Diddy Combs, Fergie, and Meghan Trainor Host DJ Khaled's Birthday Presented by CÎROC and Fox on December 2, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs attends The Four cast Sean Diddy Combs, Fergie, and Meghan Trainor Host DJ Khaled’s Birthday Presented by CÎROC and Fox on December 2, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

*Four black artists sit atop Forbes’ annual Highest-Paid Musicians of 2017 list, with Diddy leading the pack yet again.

Beyoncé, Drake and The Weeknd round out the melanin-rich top four – a far cry from 2016’s top four: Taylor Swift ($170 million), One Direction ($110 million), Adele ($88 million) and Madonna ($76.5 million).

Forbes compiled the latest data over a year’s time, based on pretax earnings between June 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017.

Diddy earned a leading $130 million during that time, stemming from his hotly-anticipated Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour as well as his business endeavors including his liquor brand Ciroc and selling a stake of his brand Sean John.

Beyoncé raked in $105 million, mostly from the top-grossing Formation World tour.

Next up is Drake, who pocketed $95 million thanks to his Boy Meets World tour combined with his endorsement deals from Nike, Apple Music, Sprite.

Fellow Canadian The Weeknd clocks in at No. 4 with $92 million, while Coldplay closes out the top five at $88 million.

View Forbes’ top 10 highest-paid musicians of 2017 below:

1. Diddy ($130 M)
2. Beyoncé ($105 M)
3. Drake ($94 M)
4. The Weeknd ($92 M)
5. Coldplay ($88 M)
6. Guns N’ Roses ($84 M)
7. Justin Bieber ($83.5 M)
8. Bruce Springsteen ($75 M)
9. Adele ($69 M)
10. Metallica ($66.5 M)

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