Taylor Swift tops list of highest-paid musicians in 2015
Adele, U2, and Kenny Chesney also land on Billboard's annual list
Though the phenomenal success of Adele‘s most recent album contributed to the theory that the record industry might not be entirely dead yet, Billboard‘s new list of 2015’s highest-paid musicians seems to confirm the new axiom of post-digital music: Touring is what’s gonna pay the bills.
The magazine crunched numbers from an artist’s album sales, streaming revenue, publishing royalties (when other people cover or perform a song you wrote) and touring gross to come up with a final tally. Check out the top 10 below.
1. Taylor Swift
Total 2015 Revenue: $19.2M
Though the group’s latest release is two years behind them, they managed to nab $2.7 million in sales and $2.6 million in publishing, padding their $13 million and continuing to prove that The Voice is generally better for its hosts’ careers than its contestants’.
Check out the rest of the list, which includes Ed Sheeran, the Weeknd and more, here.