We’re already well aware of the sweetness of Taylor’s Swift relationship with Calvin Harris as well as the awesomeness of her unicorn onesie pizza parties, but we weren’t aware of just how much it takes to fund such a spectacular celeb lifestyle. Flying your bestie, Gigi Hadid, to Coachella in a private jet for her 21st birthday doesn’t come cheap, but thankfully Tay can afford it. Frankly, as the top-earning musician of 2015, she can MORE than afford it.
Coming in at number one on Billboard’s Top Money-Makers List of 2015, Taylor beat out fellow high-earners Kenny Chesney and The Rolling Stones to come out in first place. And just how much does it take to grab that top spot? Well, Taylor Swift took in $73.5 million. In one year. Yaaaas, girl!
Tay’s win was largely due to her wildly successful 1989 World Tour — her super fun concerts with star-studded guest-appearances (didja see Julia Roberts, Joan Baez or maybe Dwyane Wade?) brought in $61.7 million alone. With various other income streams bringing in the mon-eh, for instance the fact that her royalties from Ryan Adams’ take on 1989 resulted in a whopper check from publishing royalties, Taylor is sitting pretty (on top of piles and piles of cash).
As we mentioned up top, Kenny Chesney nabbed the second spot with a not-too-shabby $39.8 million, and The Rolling Stones (yeah, they’re still going strong) made slightly less at $39.6 million. Billy Joel grabbed the fourth spot with $31.7 million and number five went to One Direction, who made an impressive $24.2 million despite the dramatic exit of Zayn Malick.
Adele earned herself a spot on the list at number nine, bringing in $20.5 million, and Maroon 5 took the tenth spot with $19.2, which is good news for soon-to-be new daddy Adam Levine.
Britney Spears might not seem like the most active performer right now (despite her many Instagram pics, like the one of that $22 swimsuit we’re obsessing over), but she still took the 22nd spot, earning her crew $10.6 million (although she apparently only took home $31,000 after paying out for her songwriters’ work), while Ariana Grande’s $8.3 million grabbed her the 29th spot.
Drake took #32 with his $7.4 million, and #39 Nicki Minaj earned herself $6.3 million as she continues to promote her 2014 album, The Pinkprint.
Whether they were at the top of the list or near the bottom, we’re sure all of these high-earning celebs can agree that 2015 was a good year for them all.
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