Taylor Swift named Billboard’s top money making musician

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Taylor Swift has just snagged this year’s Billboard’s Money Makers List for earning over $39 million in the past year.

The 24-year-old singer’s chart-topping income comes mainly from the proceeds of her Red Tour in North America and Oceania, her endorsements (Keds, Diet Coke, Elizabeth Arden), album and music sales, and royalties.

Following Swift on the list is Kenny Chesney with over $32.9 million. Justin Timberlake comes in at third with over $31.4 million in earnings. Rounding off the five are Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones with $29.4 million and $26.2 million respectively.

Beyonce lands the sixth spot with $24 million, followed by Maroon 5 and Luke Bryan with $22 million each. Pink and Fleetwood Mac take the ninth and tenth spots with $20 million and $19 million in that order.

To gather the results, Billboard used data supplied by Nielsen SoundScan, Nielsen BDS and Billboard Boxscore.

Meanwhile, who is last year’s top money-making musician, did not even make it in this year’s top 40.

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