Taylor Swift is Billboard’s Top Money-Maker of 2015
Superstar Taylor Swift has topped Billboard’s list of the highest paid musicians of 2015. The “Shake It Off” star has earned $73.5 million from album sales, streaming and publishing revenue, and her 1989 world tour, almost double the fortune amassed by country star Kenny Chesney, who is a distant second with $39.8 million, while The Rolling Stones come in a close third with $39.6 million.
Billy Joel and One Direction close out the top five, and the Grateful Dead, Luke Bryan, U2, Adele, and Maroon 5 make the top 10. It has been a good year for Swift, who won three Grammy Awards in February for Best Music Video, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Album of the Year. She was also was named one of the 2015 Time 100 by editors at Time and will be honored with the first Taylor Swift Award at the BMI Pop Awards later this month. And now she’ll be hoping to use some of her fortune to pay for a grand vacation after telling Vogue she has no immediate plans to start recording a new album. She said, “This is the first time in 10 years that I haven’t known (what I’m going next). I just decided that after the past year, with all of the unbelievable things that happened, I decided I was going to live my life a little bit without the pressure on myself to create something.” “I’m always going to be writing songs,” she explained. “The thing is, with me, I could very well come up with three things in the next two weeks and then jump back into the studio, and all of a sudden the next record is started. That’s an option, too.”