Taylor Swift may not have much luck in the love department, but she’s crying all the way to the bank! Taylor’s heartbreak scored her an impressive spot atop Billboard’s Top 40 Money Makers 2014 list. So how much did the “I Knew You Were Trouble” singer rack in last year? A whopping $39.6 million!
According to Billboard, T.Swift manages to make money from every angle of the music biz — touring, sponsorships, merchandising, physical sales, and digital — making her the most universal entertainer in the industry. Of course, the fact that she’s a multi-genre pop star only adds to her success. And did we forget to mention that Taylor’s Red Tour alone brought in over $30 million? Yeah, it looks like loving him wasn’t red after all, Tay Sway — it was green!
Who else joined Taylor in the Top 5? Coming in at no. 2 with over $32.9 million is fellow country crooner Kenny Chesney. Justin Timberlake came in third with $31.4 million thanks to his chart-topping release, The 20/20 Experience. And two rock legends close out the list — Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones — with $29.4 million and $26.2 million, respectively. Beyonce was just shy of making the Top 5, earning $24.4 million this year thanks to her non-stop touring.
Do you agree with this list? Are you surprised that two country artists topped the list? Sound off in the comments!