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FORBES RELEASES LIST OF HIP-HOP’S TOP EARNING ACTS OF 2017

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There are some newcomers on the list this year as well, including Chance the Rapper (No. 5 with $33 million) who is yet to release an official studio album, and Lil Yachty (No. 20 with $11 million). Notable names missing from the list are Birdman and 50 Cent. The latter should make a splash once his earnings from shows like Power are accounted for.

Hip-Hop’s Top Earning Acts of 2017:

1. Diddy ($130 million)
2. Drake ($94 million)
3. Jay-Z ($42 million)
4. Dr. Dre ($34.5 million)
5. Chance The Rapper ($33 million)
6. Kendrick Lamar ($30 million)
7. Wiz Khalifa ($28 million)
8. Pitbull ($27 million)
9. DJ Khaled ($24 million)
10. Future ($23 million)
11. Kanye West ($22 million)
12. Birdman ($20 million)
13. J. Cole ($19 million)
14. Swizz Beatz ($14 million)
15. Snoop Dogg ($16.5 million)
16. Nicki Minaj ($16 million)
17. Lil Wayne (15.5 million)
18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($11.5 million)
18. Rick Ross ($11.5 million)
20. Lil Yachty ($11 Million)

Here’s the methodology that Forbes adopts to rank the people: “To make our list, we add up pretax income from touring, record sales, streaming, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other business ventures. Fees for managers, agents and lawyers are not deducted. Earnings are calculated from June 2016 to June 2017 and based on data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, Songkick, Bandsintown and the RIAA, as well as interviews with inside sources and a handful of the artists themselves.”

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