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Ed Sheeran named highest-paid solo musician

Ed Sheeran earned a whopping $110-million (over R1.4-billion) in 2017 - beating the earnings of Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.

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Ed Sheeran had one of the most successful years of his career in 2017 thanks to his platinum-selling album, '÷ (Divide)'. 

The 'Shape of You' hitmaker features on Forbes magazine's 2018 Celebrity 100 ranking - which lists the world's highest-earning stars. 


Ed, who is ranked number nine on the list, earned a jaw-dropping $110-million last year - that's more than R1.4-billion.

He is the only solo artist to make the Top 10, beating Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift. 

U2 and Coldplay - who are number six and seven on the list respectively - are the only other musicians to feature in the Top 10.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather topped the list with pre-tax earnings of $285-million - just over R3.7-billion. No wonder the big-spender forked out $18-million on a "Billionaire" watch last month.

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Here's a look at the Top 10: 

1. Floyd Mayweather ($285-million)
2. George Clooney ($239-million)
3. Kylie Jenner ($166.5-million)
4.Judy Sheindlin (aka Judge Judy) ($147-million)
5. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($124-million)
6. U2 ($118-milllion)
7. Coldplay ($115-milllion)
8. Lionel Messi  ($111-milllion)
9. Ed Sheeran ($110-milllion)
10. Cristiano Ronaldo ($108-milllion)

It looks like 2018 is going to be another big year for Ed. His singles continue to be chart-toppers around the world. 

His latest single, 'Happier', is currently at number eight on The Chamberlains Top 20.

Tune in Saturday's 10 am -12 pm with Kriya Gangiah to find out who's on top of the chart!

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