(Image source: Billboard)

BY BRICE SANDER

Taylor Swift is music’s top moneymaker. That according to Billboard, which claims the country superstar out-grossed every other artist in the last year. ClevverTV runs the numbers.

DANA WARD: “Her money making figure cha-chinged in at $35.7 million. To break it down a bit, her U.S. tour grossed $88.5 million…”

Pop Dust breaks down how Swift topped the list.

“… it takes U.S. sales, concert grosses and royalties into account, which means the list’s dominated by arena rockers plus big-ticket tourers like Celine Dion and Sade; it doesn’t include sponsorship deals or merchandise sales. And because it probably bears mention, the list also includes Adele, whose major accomplishment is making the list despite her tour being cut short.”

That means Taylor made that major money before you add in her CoverGirl campaign, voice-over gig in “The Lorax,” and perfume and poster sales. Still, a CinemaBlend blogger is a little shocked.

“Taylor Swift’s popularity has been steadily growing for the past few years. Her personal life is now a constant source of tabloid fodder, and many of her fans are every bit as devoted as Bieber’s. Taking into account all that, I’m not surprised she made a fortune, but I am a bit amazed she outgrossed every other recording artist.”

But a Country Standard Time blogger says, $35 million? That’s it?

“Swift didn’t make as much as I thought she would have … This seems to underscore the fact that there is not a tremendous amount of money to be made in music. Touring is about the only way, and I guess the way Swift did, that was ultra-expensive … it also makes you realize that the folks who aren’t superstars – and everyone on the list is – music is not an easy life.”

Taylor is the youngest performer in the top five, which also includes…

U2 at number two…

Kenny Chesney at number three…

Lady Gaga- last year’s number one- at number four…

And Lil Wayne at number five.

Zap2It takes a longer look at the list — pointing out a few other noteworthy names.

“There are a few surprises. Sade, who toured for the first time in a decade, came in sixth on the list while … Katy Perry, who is credited with tying Michael Jackson's record for the amount of No. 1 singles on one album (five), came in 14th. Kanye West, who famously interrupted Swift onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, came in at no. 39 on the list with $5.4 million in earnings.”

Even The Beatles made this year’s list, ranking at 24 overall with $6.7 million thanks to iTunes making the Fab Four’s catalog available for download. To find out who else made it into the top 40, check out the link in our transcript section.

BILLBOARD'S TOP 40 MONEY MAKERS LIST

 

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Taylor Swift Named Music's Top Earner

 

(Image source: Billboard)

BY BRICE SANDER

Taylor Swift is music’s top moneymaker. That according to Billboard, which claims the country superstar out-grossed every other artist in the last year. ClevverTV runs the numbers.

DANA WARD: “Her money making figure cha-chinged in at $35.7 million. To break it down a bit, her U.S. tour grossed $88.5 million…”

Pop Dust breaks down how Swift topped the list.

“… it takes U.S. sales, concert grosses and royalties into account, which means the list’s dominated by arena rockers plus big-ticket tourers like Celine Dion and Sade; it doesn’t include sponsorship deals or merchandise sales. And because it probably bears mention, the list also includes Adele, whose major accomplishment is making the list despite her tour being cut short.”

That means Taylor made that major money before you add in her CoverGirl campaign, voice-over gig in “The Lorax,” and perfume and poster sales. Still, a CinemaBlend blogger is a little shocked.

“Taylor Swift’s popularity has been steadily growing for the past few years. Her personal life is now a constant source of tabloid fodder, and many of her fans are every bit as devoted as Bieber’s. Taking into account all that, I’m not surprised she made a fortune, but I am a bit amazed she outgrossed every other recording artist.”

But a Country Standard Time blogger says, $35 million? That’s it?

“Swift didn’t make as much as I thought she would have … This seems to underscore the fact that there is not a tremendous amount of money to be made in music. Touring is about the only way, and I guess the way Swift did, that was ultra-expensive … it also makes you realize that the folks who aren’t superstars – and everyone on the list is – music is not an easy life.”

Taylor is the youngest performer in the top five, which also includes…

U2 at number two…

Kenny Chesney at number three…

Lady Gaga- last year’s number one- at number four…

And Lil Wayne at number five.

Zap2It takes a longer look at the list — pointing out a few other noteworthy names.

“There are a few surprises. Sade, who toured for the first time in a decade, came in sixth on the list while … Katy Perry, who is credited with tying Michael Jackson's record for the amount of No. 1 singles on one album (five), came in 14th. Kanye West, who famously interrupted Swift onstage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, came in at no. 39 on the list with $5.4 million in earnings.”

Even The Beatles made this year’s list, ranking at 24 overall with $6.7 million thanks to iTunes making the Fab Four’s catalog available for download. To find out who else made it into the top 40, check out the link in our transcript section.

BILLBOARD'S TOP 40 MONEY MAKERS LIST

 

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