Forbes has revealed who the highest-earning artists and bands of the year are, and Metallica comes in at the tenth position, while The Eagles sit perched at fourth.

Metal breaks into the mainstream yet again with a little bit of help from Metallica. As of a few days ago, the band have been named among the world’s Top 10 highest-earning artists and bands of 2019 according to Forbes. Metallica comes in at a comfortable position of tenth on the leaderboard, but their earnings were definitely nothing to scoff at.

Forbes’ new earnings report claims that Metallica has earned $68.5 million in 2019 alone. Could you imagine making that much money in just a single year? Bonkers.

The findings were made with assistance from entertainment industry publications such as Pollstar and Nielsen Music, who took tour and music income into consideration and added all that to other business endeavours the band made in this year to come up with a rather impressive final stat. We definitely don’t envy all the hard work that would have gone into this, but we appreciate the stats we now get to gawk at.

Metallica is in company with exactly who you’d expect — Taylor Swift, who released her new album Lover this past August; Kanye West, who has an expensive sneaker line and a brand new gospel album; Ed Sheeran, who was just as redheaded as the years before, and more. The only other artist remotely related to Metallica, being a classic rock act, are the Eagles, who sit at No. 4 on the list. They earnt a whopping $100 million.

Metallica did a good amount of touring throughout the year, but they’re ranked pretty high for a group that hasn’t released a proper studio album since 2016. They did, however, do a pretty impressive trek around Europe, which would account for all of that money made this year.

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