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Mar 11

Taylor Swift & Kenny Chesney Top Billboard’s Top 40 Money Makers List

Taylor Swift & Kenny Chesney Top Billboard's Top 40 Money Makers List

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Erickson Public Relations.

Two of country music’s biggest superstars have topped Billboard’s annual Top 40 Money Makers list. Taylor Swift takes the crown as the highest, earning $39,699,575.60 in 2013 while Kenny Chesney comes in at No. 2, racking up $32,956,240.70 last year. Billboard used data supplied by Nielsen SoundScan to calculate earnings from touring, recorded-music sales, publishing royalties and revenue from digital music and video streaming.

While Taylor can report strong earnings on everything from music sales to branding and sponsorship, touring was where she padded her bank account last year. The North American leg of her international Red Tour made an estimated $30 million, not counting integrated sponsorships and retail booth revenue which is estimated to have brought in an additional $10 million gross.

Kenny’s earnings in 2013 also came largely from touring with his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour bringing in an estimated total gross of $90 million. His Life On A Rock album also produced solid revenue numbers. Luke Bryan also made the Top 10, coming in at No. 8 on strong album and single sales as well as earning $15.4 million from touring.

Other country stars to make the list include Jason Aldean at No. 14, George Strait at No. 15, Blake Shelton at No. 27, Zac Brown Band at No. 30, Rascal Flatts at No. 34, Miranda Lambert at No. 36, Tim McGraw at No. 38 and Carrie Underwood at No. 40. To see the complete all-genre list, visit


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