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Bruce Springsteen Tops 2021’s (Nearly All-White Male) Highest-Paid Musicians List With $590 Million

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Bruce Springsteen topped 2021’s highest-paid musicians list, which was dominated by white male artists selling their song catalogs.
The pandemic may have completely up-ended the music industry’s traditional business model, but artists found all kinds of ways to make many millions of dollars in 2021 — and surprisingly, the big winners were nearly all white and male, according to a “10 Highest Paid Musicians” list published by Rolling Stone on Friday. The list, created by former Forbes correspondent Zack O’Malley Greenburg, not surprisingly features several artists who cashed in their song catalogs for nine-figure sums last year, with the big leader being, even less surprisingly, Bruce Springsteen, who not only sold his publishing and recorded-music rights to Sony Music in December for a figure sources say was around $550 million, but also was the rare performer to make a healthy sum from live performances, with his “Springsteen on Broadway” summer reprise.

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