Music is the most highly sold article in the world despite the large amount of piracy that accompanies the industry. Each year, there are multiple new artists that take the world by storm with their unique voices, sounds or acts and perform alongside some of the greatest artists of all time. In 2015, there were a variety of musical acts that were on a roll and will continue to be successful and gross the most money in 2016. The majority of this growth in 2016 can be attributed to the launch of new albums at the end of 2015, new tours being announced or are underway in 2016 and continuously winning honorable musical awards. All of these factors support continued growth in the music industry. The top four musical acts that will are expected to gross the most money in 2016 include:
Adele has snuck up on the world and taken it by storm. In November 2015, Adele launched her third studio album simply titled “25.” Leading up to the release, she launched “Hello” which was viewed 27.7 million times on YouTube within the first 24 hours breaking the Vevo record of most views in one day. Later in October 2015, BBC News reported that Hello was averaging one million hits per hour and was on-track for the fastest video to hit one billion views on YouTube. Hello debuted at number on in the UK, Australia, France, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Ireland and the United States. By the end of 2015, the album had sold 12.3 million units globally.
In November 2015, Adele’s 2016 tour, “Adele Live 2016,” was announced beginning in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Italy and concluding in the Netherlands. The North American Tour will begin July 2016 in Los Angeles followed by New York City, Toronto and Mexico City. While on stage in March 2016 in London, she announced that she would be the headliner on the Pyramid Stage at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival. In February 2016, she received awards for British Album of the Year, British Single of the Year, British Global Success and British Female Solo Artist at the 2016 Brit Awards. Adele is looking to have another monumental year. Her current estimated new worth is $32 million but expect to grow significantly in 2016.
In February 2015, Beyoncé was nominated at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for six awards, winning three. Also, she was nominated for album of the year despite losing to Beck. At the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Beyoncé presented Record of the Year. That same month, she released a new single and music video titled, “Formation” which was available as a free download.
Immediately following the release, she announced The Formation World Tour which will have numerous stops in North America and Europe. Recently, on April 23rd, 2016, HBO aired her short film titled, “Lemonade” which corresponded with the release of her new album with the same name and on the same date. Currently, Beyoncé is worth between $450 and $465 million which is expected to increase in 2016.
On February 12th, 2015, Drake released the album, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” to iTunes without any announcement. By August 2015, the album sold over 1 million copies making him the first platinum artist of 2015. In July, Meek Mill dissed Drake on Twitter which Drake immediately responded with “Charged Up” to hit back at Meek Mill. Later that month, Drake dropped another diss track titled “Back to Back” which went viral. In September 2015, Drake and Atlanta-based rapper Future released a mixtape titled, “What a Time to Be Alive” which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. As of January 2016, this mixtape has sold over 500,000 copies.
As of April 2016, Drake has the most number one singles in the Billboard Rap chart history. IN early 2016, Drake release “Summer Sixteen,” a promotional track to endorse his new album Views. Two additional songs were released in April 2016 from Views titled “Pop Style” and “One Dance.” Which both debuted in the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. With the release of his new album and continued popularity from 2015, Drake is expected to make significantly more money in 2016. His net worth is currently around $78 million.
Following Justin Bieber’s erratic and reckless teenage behavior, he has calmed down in the 2015. In August of that year, Bieber released “What Do You Mean?” as the primary single from his new album “Purpose.” The song immediately went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and earning him the Guinness World Record for youngest male artist to debut at the top of the chart. In October 2015, Bieber released “Sorry,” the second single from his album in instant download format. The song debuted at number two on the chart and remained until January 23rd, 2016. This year, his third single, “Love Yourself” peaked at number one making him the first male artist in a decade to have three number-ones in a single album.
In November 2015, Bieber announced his “Purpose Tour” which started on March 9th, 2016 and will go to various cities around the world. As a result of his new album, tour and massive fan base, Bieber is expected to be one of the top musical acts of 2016. Bieber’s net worth is currently hovering around $200 million. His earning power is estimated to increase to $60 to $80 million in 2016.
While there are many burgeoning musical acts who are expected to make big waves in 2016, these are the top four that are expected to be the highest grossing artists this year. With here unmatched voice, Adele continues to have monumental success each year she is performing and releasing albums. Beyoncé is a veteran of the music industry but continues to produce incredible hits and with the marriage to Jay Z, the two are an unstoppable force.
Drake’s long hours in the studio and commitment to his craft combined with the ability to sing, dance and rap have made him a superstar. His continued passion for music, hard beats and lyrical poetry will continue to bring him success, even in 2016. Justin Bieber had a rough patch for several years but seems to have matured. The ladies love his striking voice and good looks as well as his upbeat songs. These factors will continue to propel his musical career to legendary.