Why The Eagles and Queen are still among the highest-paid artists of the year

These days, classic rock still reigns supreme... Cha Ching!
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These days classic rock still reigns supreme, with artists like the Eagles and Queen taking top spots in Billboard's 40 strong list of the highest-paid musical acts of 2020 -- and with plenty of good reasons.

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Following Taylor Swift, Post Malone, and Céline Dion, classic rockers The Eagles came in as the fourth highest-paid musical act last year, earning a total of $16.3 million -- with $11 million of that from 10 concerts they were able to sneak in before COVID restrictions suspended their highly-anticipated Hotel California tour. Not to mention being one of the most-streamed bands of all time, accounting for more than $2.7 million in 2020.

Now officially consisting of members Don HenleyJoe WalshTimothy B. SchmitDeacon Frey, and Vince Gill -- one of the hardest working bands ever still count artists young and... not-so-young as die-hard fans, and they don't seem to be planning on slowing down any time soon.

Coming in strong at number 7 on Billboard's list was Queen, earning $5 million through physical music sales, and another $5 million-plus via streaming bringing their total to $13.2 million without even setting foot on stage.

Obviously, the reincarnation of the band with singer Adam Lambert has brought the beloved band into playlists of an entirely new fanbase, as well as the popularity of the group's blockbuster 2018 biopic starring Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Check out the top 20 list of Billboard’s Top Paid Musicians of 2020 below.

1. Taylor Swift: $23.8 million
2. Post Malone: $23.2 million
3. Céline Dion: $17.5 million
4. Eagles: $16.3 million
5. Billie Eilish: $14.7 million
6. Drake: $14.2 million
7. Queen: $13.2 million
8. The Beatles: $12.9 million
9. YoungBoy Never Broke Again: $11.9 million
10. Lil Baby: $11.7 million
11. The Weeknd: $10.4 million
12. Aventura: $10.2 million
13. AC/DC: $10.1 million
14. Eminem: $9.7 million
15. Lil Uzi Vert: $9.5 million
16. Luke Combs: $9.2 million
17. DaBaby: $9.1 million
18. Metallica: $9 million
19. BTS: $8.9 million
20. Pink Floyd: $8.8 million

For the full top 40 list of 2020’s highest-paid artists, including Bad Bunny, Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Ed Sheeran, Halsey, Harry Styles, and more, click here.

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