QUEEN, METALLICA, AC/DC, TOOL, KISS and AEROSMITH are among the hard rock and heavy metal artists who have made Billboard's list of highest-paid musicians of 2020.
For QUEEN's No. 7 place at the summit, Billboard estimates the legendary band made $13.2 million, including $5.5 million from streaming, $5.3 million from sales and $2.4 million from publishing. AC/DC is in the 13th place with $10.1 million after streaming, sales and publishing earned them $4.3 million, $4 million and $1.8 million respectively. METALLICA raked in $9 million in 2020, $3.9 million of which came from streaming, $3.7 million from sales and $1.4 million from publishing, to come in at No. 18.
TOOL ranked No. 32, and $4.2 million of the band's total $6.17 million income came from touring — an unusually large percentage compared to other artists, and one they amassed with ticket sales for shows that took place before the COVID-19 outbreak.
Revenue from merchandising, synchronization or livestream gigs was not included.
Billboard's U.S. Money Makers: The Top Paid Musicians Of 2020
No. 7: QUEEN ($13.2 million)
No. 13 AC/DC ($10.1 million)
No. 18 METALLICA ($9 million)
No. 20 PINK FLOYD ($8.8 million)
No. 32 TOOL ($6.17 million)
No. 33 KISS ($6 million)
No. 34 THE ROLLING STONES ($5.69 million)
No. 40 AEROSMITH ($5.35 million)
QUEEN remains the 38th biggest artist on Spotify today, with over 37.6 million monthly listeners — more than Kanye West, Beyoncé, THE BEATLES and Jay-Z.
According to the IFPI, QUEEN was the world's fifth biggest revenue-generating recording artist of 2019, and the sixth biggest in 2018.