Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan Making the Country Cash

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

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Everyone asks “what exactly do you do Jessica?” What some of my family members say, “she tweets for a living” is my favorite, but really the title that puts food on the table is “Social Media Influencer,” the definition sounds simple, someone who influences others through social media, but I consider myself a Citizen Journalist broadcasting and entertaining with news, thoughts, opinions, delivering information in my own unique way. Famous for my ‘sass wit and straight from the hip’ style I’ve always been called a “Social Media Pioneer” in the music industry. I’m also an On-Air/Online Broadcasting Host and Personality, Digital Media Strategist, Country and Music Blogger/Journalist as well as a Nationally recognized Speaker and Founder of Country Music Chat, News and Views Entertainment Website CMChatLIVE.com. My favorite accomplishment is starting the largest Country Music Hashtag community in the world Country Music’s #CMChat. It all started with a hunch...back in the early 2000’s I would dial up the internet via AOL and join chat rooms whilst watching my favorite programs on TV. Loved watching Reality Shows with my Mom in Tucson, and blowing her mind with how I always knew who was going home on the Bachelor or Big Brother. Don’t think she ever caught on that I was talking to people via computer on the East Coast, where it had already aired. (We didn’t have the uber-spoiler Twitter or Facebook to ruin results and awards shows for us yet.) I’ve been taking over the internet, one tweet at a time and have accumulated over 3 Million followers/friends/fans across all my Social Media networks. Over the years I’ve been consistently ranked as an influential online personality and even named as a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer. I was the first person Merle Haggard followed when he got on Twitter and spent the day with Garth Brooks at Twitter and Facebook when joined the social media world.

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