When we talk about money in Bollywood, we often think about the fat paychecks the actors get. Guess what, the 8-figure paychecks aren’t limited to just the people you see on the screen. The playback singers also make a lot of money through their soulful and heartening vocals. They put in a lot of hard work in the songs they produce, and hence hard work pays handsomely. Here are the top 10 singers who earn an enviable pay package for rendering their voice to the film’s stars.
Highest paid Bollywood Singers 2018
1. Arijit Singh
Known for his moving voice, Arijit Singh contributed to Aashiqui 2’s success with his vocals on ‘Tum Hi Ho’. The singer reportedly demands Rs 15 lakhs per song, which can go higher if it is a lavish project.
- Earn : INR 15 Lakhs Per Song
2. Ankit Tiwari
Ankit Tiwari is another singer who was shot into the orbit of success with Ashiqui 2. He is known for his versatility, crowd-pulling qualities and a humble demeanor. Ankit Tiwari provides insights as a music director too, and for a price of Rs 6 lakh per song, that’s a lot.
- Earn : INR 06 Lakhs Per Song
3. Sonu Nigam
His voice has made millions cry and laugh since the 90s. The protégé of Gulshan Kumar started off as a renowned ‘Jagran’ singer. Sonu Nigam’s vocals have often been compared to that of music legend Mohammad Rafi. Sonu Nigam charges Rs 10-15 lakhs for a single concert. At the peak of his career, he used to charge more than Rs 15 lakhs per song.
- Earn : INR 10-15 Lakhs Per Song
4. Mohit Chauhan
Mohit Chauhan has grown to be the most in-demand singer in Bollywood for his exceptional delivery with modest charges. The ‘Rockstar’ singer signs up for songs under a price bracket of between Rs 6-10 lakhs.
- Earn : INR 06-10 Lakhs Per Song
5. Neha Kakkar
You’ll fall in love with her vivacious and seductive voice. Neha Kakkar’s ‘Manali Trance’ and ‘Aao Raja’ were instant hits in the party circles and discos. The Rishikesh-born singer charges Rs 3 lakhs for every song she weaves her magical voice into.
- Earn : INR 03 Lakhs Per Song
6. Shreya Ghoshal
Her voice is famous for its sweetness. If it’s a project with a lot of love songs, then her voice will make the project a commercial success. It’s why she is quite sought-after in the South Indian movie industry too. For the quality she provides, Shreya Ghoshal aptly charges between Rs 15-20 lakhs for a single song.
- Earn : INR 15-20 Lakhs Per Song
7. Atif Aslam
The Pakistani singer made a debut in Bollywood with ‘Woh Lamhey’ in Mahesh Bhatt’s Zeher. His amazing falsetto won millions of hearts on both sides of the border. Atif Aslam is known to have charged Rs 20 lakhs per song for big projects and Rs 10 Lakhs for the smaller ones.
- Earn : INR 10 Lakhs Per Song
8. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan brings back the energy and zest of his uncle, the late qawali maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in a new package. His journey started in Bollywood when ‘Jiya Dhadak Dhadak’ from the movie Kalyug gained a lot of attraction and it was on the lips of the young and old alike. With success spanning over 14 years, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan now charges Rs 20 Lakhs per song.
- Earn : INR 20 Lakhs Per Song
9. Yo Yo Honey Singh
This Punjabi rapper is responsible for starting a niche of party songs in Bollywood. He might not be bringing home four bottles of Vodka every day, but sure does bring home Rs 15 lakhs for each song he records.
- Earn: INR 15 Lakhs Per Song
10. Mika Singh
The Punjabi singer made headlines with his hit single ‘Sawan mai lag agyi aag’ in 1998. Currently, he earns Rs 13 lakhs for every song he sings in a project.
- Earn : INR 13 Lakhs Per Song
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