Here are the Top Five Highest-Earning UK Artists of 2023

From Sir Mick Jagger to Sir Paul McCartney and more.

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The UK is an innovative musical landscape. The country continues to produce a plethora of legendary artists, who benefit from the nation’s inherent sense of creativity.

From The Beatles to Bugzy Malone, diverse artists are nurtured by local communities with creative auras, supplying them with the tools they need to succeed across international borders.

Over the past century, bands such as The Rolling Stones and The Clash have outlined the UK’s rock ‘n roll terrain, while the likes of Ed Sheeran, FKA Twigs, and Skepta have helped develop new soundscapes that differ from the traditional.

The country’s top-paid musicians earn more than double the amount made by actors nationwide, showcasing a diverse range of regional talent – with many of the nation’s most celebrated acts still turning over plenty of revenue at the highest end of the scale.

The musicians on this list have become certified legends, summoning hard work and dedication. Read on to explore the UK’s five highest-paid musicians of 2023 so far.

5. Sir Mick Jagger

British singer Sir Mick Jagger is the last name on our list, landing in fifth place. As the lead vocalist for The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger ruled the musical world during the brand’s best years and became synonymous with hits such as “Satisfaction,” “Paint It,” “Black,” and many more. Widely recognized as the most influential frontman in rock history, he continues to receive over £1 million GBP from Spotify downloads yearly.

Mick Jagger’s earnings continue to shoot up from merchandise sales, tours, and film production, with his music featured in several films, including Children of Men, V for Vendetta, and Alfie. Alongside the previous, Jagger has notoriously taken up acting throughout his career, most recently portraying an English art collector in Giuseppe Capotondi’s 2020 thriller The Burnt Orange Hersey. The artist’s current assets rest at over £318 million GBP.

4. Sting

Police frontman Sting — also known as Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner — secures fourth place as the highest-earning member of the group. The singer’s band and solo career have amassed him millions of pounds in rewards while selling his rights to all previous music in 2022 for an estimated £240 million GBP.

Sting’s music career isn’t the only thing that has contributed to his wealth as he owns several companies, including Steerpike Limited, which generated over £100 million GBP in 2021 alone. While the Covid19 pandemic halted several activities, Steerpike Limited continued to inject support into performing arts. Sting holds a net worth of £320 million GBP and will continue toward an upward trajectory over 2023.

3. Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John has been performing for decades on end, recognized as one of the most successful musicians in British history. He has transformed the UK music scene since 1960 while holding the best-selling chart single of all time with “His Candle In The Wind,” rewritten for Princess Diana’s funeral in 1977. The song sold over 33 million copies worldwide and continues to hold a groundbreaking record.

Sir Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour began in 2018 and is due for completion in July 2023, earning a monumental £660 million GBP. Next to continued royalties from his biopic music film Rocketman, Sir Elton John holds third place on our list with £395 million GBP. Besides his fortune, the artist is one of England’s top donators, giving over £300 million GBP to charity as of 2018.

2. Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber

In second place, we have Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, a renowned composer and musical theatre expert. The 75-year-old gentleman has gathered great success through immersive musicals that have run for decades on the West End and Broadway.

Over his career, Lloyd-Webber has composed 21 musicals and many songs that revolutionized on-stage adaptations. Some of his most famous works include “The Likes Of Us,” “Cats,” “The Wizard Of Oz,” and “School Of Rock.” Although now retired, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber estimated financial status stands at around £495 million GBP.

1. Sir Paul McCartney

Former The Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney tops the list of the highest-earning UK musicians of 2023. The English singer-songwriter achieved global recognition for his participation in the rock band while continuing to bash out hits to this day. The 80-year-old artist released his most recent record in 2020, titled McCartney III, and will complete his “Got Back” tour over the coming months.

The artist receives millions of pounds in royalties from previous The Beatles and solo albums. In addition, his hit-worthy records, international festival appearances, and autobiography sales contribute to his wealth. Sir Paul McCartney’s 2023 balance has hit £865 million GBP and will continue to grow over the remaining months of the year.

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