There’s apparently money to be made in country music. Billboard magazine has released their list of the Top Music Money Makers of last year, and not surprisingly, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney claimed the top two spots.
Swift easily took the No. 1 slot, making $39,699,575.60 in 2013. Her hefty paycheck is thanks to her 2012 multi-platinum album, ‘Red,’ and the record’s accompanying global tour. She also scored sponsorships from three major companies — Keds, Elizabeth Arden and Diet Coke — for the worldwide trek. In addition, the songstress claims almost 10 million downloads and makes an estimated $17 per head from each concert attendee in merchandise.
Chesney came in about six million dollars behind Swift at $32,956,240.70. The Tennessee native’s impressive earning are thanks to his sold-out tours, which boast more than one million in attendance for ten consecutive tours, including 2013′s No Shoes Nation trek. In addition, Chesney’s ‘Life On a Rock’ album soared to the top of the charts, and continued his reign as one of the highest digital and physical sellers of all time.
Swift and Chesney aren’t the only country artists raking in the big bucks. See who else made the list HERE!
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