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Feb 11

Taylor Swift Leads List of Country Music’s Top Money Makers

Taylor Swift performing for fans at her 13-hour Meet and Greet during the 2010 CMA Music Festival in Downtown Nashville. Photo courtesy of John Russell / CMA 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. 6Taylor Swift:  $20,730,431

No. 12Brad Paisley:  $13,995,990

No. 13Carrie Underwood:  $13,501,387

No. 14Tim McGraw:  $13,494,734

No. 16Rascal Flatts:  $11,958,021

No. 21Toby Keith:  $9,872,996

No. 24Lady Antebellum:  $9,161,199

No. 29Brooks & Dunn:  $8,698,351

No. 31George Strait:  $7,361, 898

No. 32Reba McEntire:  $7,199,374

No. 39Sugarland:  $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!

Click here to view the full Billboard Top 40 Money Makers 2011 list »

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!


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