Billboards annual “Music’s Top 40 Money Makers” list was published this week. Nice to see that 11 of the 40 Billboard Top Money Makers in the U.S. Music industry are Country Music Artists, 15 if you include Americana Artist Mumford & Sons, JT, Jimmy Buffet and to be technical Bon Jovi scored big in a Country Crossover not so long ago.
No surprise to see that Taylor Swift tops this list at #1 earnings more than 39 Million ($39,699,575.60) calculated by U.S. earnings, from touring, recorded- music sales, publishing royalties and revenue from digital music and video streaming. Due to a lack of data, revenue from sponsorship, music sync licensing and merchandising isn’t included. However, her album sales are actually eighth among all of the Top 40 money Makers and trail Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton among the country acts.
Kenny Chesney is #2 because he’s the ___! With an estimated $32,956,240.70 from physical, digital, touring Kenny is the King of the stadium having reached over a million in attendance from audience over the past 10 consecutive tours.
Justin Timberlake I didn’t count him as Country but I’ve heard that he’s working on a country project, he comes in at #3 for 2013 earning $31,463,297.03. And we gotta give some love to Bon Jovi coming in #4 with estimated earning of $29,436,801.04.
Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and Co-Host Luke Bryan comes in at #8 with and estimated $22,142,235.98 in 2013.
#14 Jason Aldean $17,896,191.98
#15 George Strait $16,002,761.63
#18 Mumford & Sons $14,172,940.87 (Americana)
#27 Blake Shelton $10,349,774.77
#30 Zac Brown Band $9,888,213.32
#32 Jimmy Buffet $9,404,015.71 (I think of Kenny Chesney as the Jimmy Buffet of our generation, so I counted him Country.)
#34 Rascal Flatts $9,215,475.78
#36 Miranda Lambert $8,831,605.89
#38 Tim McGraw $8,761,716.61
#40 Carrie Underwood $8,051,483.55
You can view the complete list below along with the reasoning behind the list.
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