Billboard.com has just released their “Top 40 Money Makers 2011″ list outlining the artists who rolled out of 2010 with the most dough! Billboard has a very in-depth and complicated formula for projecting the net earnings of artists based primarily on what they make from touring and music sales. My guess is these are pretty good estimates but on what I know about their calculations but don’t hold me to it. It definitely shows how much a major tour and a hit record can impact a bottom line.
It should come as no surprise that the overall top money maker on Billboard’s list is Lady Gaga. From our side of the tracks, a total of 11 country acts made their way onto the list lead by Taylor Swift who lands at the No. 6 position, sandwiched smack in between Bublé and Bieber.
Here’s how the country acts stacked up:
No. 6 – Taylor Swift: $20,730,431
No. 12 – Brad Paisley: $13,995,990
No. 13 – Carrie Underwood: $13,501,387
No. 14 – Tim McGraw: $13,494,734
No. 16 – Rascal Flatts: $11,958,021
No. 21 – Toby Keith: $9,872,996
No. 24 – Lady Antebellum: $9,161,199
No. 29 – Brooks & Dunn: $8,698,351
No. 31 – George Strait: $7,361, 898
No. 32 – Reba McEntire: $7,199,374
No. 39 – Sugarland: $4,478,705
Wow…that’s a lot of moolah! And, here’s the crazy part, these figures don’t even account for merchandise sales, sponsorships or endorsement deals. Hey, I say more power to ‘em. They make great music and entertain people by the millions and that’s exactly what they’re putting in the bank!
I want to know what you think. Leave me a comment below and tell me if you are shocked or thrilled at how much your favorite stars are making!