Richest Musicians: Adele, Calvin Harris Made More Money Than Several Countries

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It’s time for the annual Sunday Times list of richest people under 30, so grab a tub of ice cream and start wondering what went wrong in your own life in comparison to these folks. In a surprise twist, Adele (26) topped the list, despite releasing her last album in 2011. Adele’s list of achievements currently includes several Grammies and an Oscar, as well as £15 million earned since last year’s tally. There are also whispers of a new album coming at the end of this year, so we will probably see Adele near the top of the 2015 chart as well.

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Adele is a pro at turning heartbreak into art. Also lots and lots of money.

The second name on the list is also familiar it’s Calvin Harris, who is currently sitting pretty on top of the singles chart with his track Summer. Harris, aka Adam Richard Wiles, dropped his third studio album 18 Months in  2012 and has been releasing a steady stream of singles since then. No wonder that his net worth is now estimated at £30 million.

Read our review of 18 Months here.

And then there’s the third act in the chart which is, big surprise, One Direction. It’s been about six months since the release of 1D’s third studio album Midnight Memories. Harry, Liam, Zayn, Louis and Niall have spent a lot of that time on the road for their third arena tour Take Me Home, which made (you might want to sit down for this) approximately £31 million. This year, the group are reportedly worth an estimated £14m each, almost triple the amount of 2013's earnings. Collectively that makes One Direction the richest boyband in British music history, with a combined wealth of £70m.

Newcommers to the list include X Factor winner Leona Lewis at No 9, sharing the spot with Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford and his wife, Carey Mulligan.

So... what have you done this year?

More: One Direction Songs: Which Is No. 1 On The Top 20 Biggest Selling List?

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Is anyone surprised that One Direction made the list? That's what we thought.


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