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Yesterday I took a look at some of the biggest winners in the music business over the past year.

The appearance of some figures (Taylor Swift, the highest-paid celebrity of 2016) may have been less surprising than others (Michael Jackson, by far the top-earner if deceased stars are considered).

Today I'll dig into the other side: the losers of the music business over the past year. Prior iterations of this year-end roundup have featured names from Robin Thicke to Apple. To be clear, these are not necessarily value judgments--I'm an avid consumer of Apple products and pop music--these are vignettes about what, or who, went badly in a given year.

Let's kick things off with One Direction. At first glance, it may seem strange to put a band that earned $110 million--the second-most behind Swift on our latest highest-paid musicians list--in this column. But after making a ton of money, then losing Zayn Malik to a solo career, then making more money, then going on hiatus, I'd argue One Direction's inclusion is actually appropriate.

In recent years, the band has been grossing a phenomenal average of nearly $5 million per tour stop, according to Pollstar. Yes, Zayn has already had some success as a solo recording act, but touring is where most superstar acts make the bulk of their bucks, and the group's members will now have to start over on their own on that front. They may build lucrative solo touring careers eventually, but for now, that appears to be a long way off--and it seems unlikely the quintet will ever make as much money individually as they did together.

Next up: Kanye West. Things started out on a promising note this year, with the release of his long-awaited album The Life Of Pablo and the announcement of an accompanying arena tour. Admire West or hate him (I generally fall into the former category due to his willingness to take risks as an artist), it's hard to deny that he puts massive amounts of time, thought and energy into planning his tours. That should be clear to anyone who saw it snow inside an arena at his Holy Mountain-inspired Yeezus Tour, or marveled at the flying carpet stage of his latest outing.

Unfortunately, the Saint Pablo Tour soared too close to the sun--and came crashing catastrophically down this fall when West abruptly cancelled the tour's remaining 21 dates. The move likely set him back at least $10 million in lost earnings, and perhaps millions more, depending on his level of financial responsibility for issuing ticket refunds and other costs associated with the shows.

West ended up in a Los Angeles hospital shortly thereafter and briefly experienced an outpouring of support and concern from fellow stars and fans alike. He appears to have exhausted much of that goodwill weeks later when, for reasons that are still unclear, West found his way to Trump Tower and was spotted chumming it up with the President-elect, who is remarkably unpopular among West's fellow entertainers ("We discussed life," Trump said).

West reportedly isn't going to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration, and the ceremony's musical performance list looks to be another casualty of 2016. What might have been a Coachella-topping lineup of Hillary Clinton supporters--possibly including the likes of Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Lopez, all of whom performed for her on the campaign trail--now looks like a show whose best prospects may be Kid Rock and Riff Raff.

On the bright side for Trump, who recently bragged that he spent "FAR LESS MONEY" on his victory than Clinton laid out for her electoral loss, Riff Raff comes cheap: the rapper said he'd play the inauguration for $50,000.

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