Taylor Swift Top 5 Earner ’09 $18 Million

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Taylor Swift jumped to the number four spot on Forbes magazine’s list of estimated top earners in country music for 2009. Selling more than 4 million CDs last year made her the best-selling solo artist of 2008. Article from Yahoo:

Taylor made the list, which the business journal puts together by calculating estimates on grosses, merchandise revenue, album sales, and income from endorsement and licensing deals.

With an estimated take-in of $18 million for ’09, she ranks behind only Kenny Chesney ($65 million), Rascal Flatts ($60 million) and Toby Keith ($52 million). What is surprising is the fact that Swift has so quickly crashed through the cowboy hat that is Nashville’s version of the proverbial glass ceiling.

Since the average ticket for a country concert cost far less than comparable acts in rock or pop, the genre is a bit less susceptible to sharp declines in its overall popularity. And those endorsement and merchandising deals, which Taylor’s only first getting a bronco-busting like handle on, are another reason.

And, barring undue influence of friends like Miley Cyrus, as long as she can keep the diva demons away, Taylor just might just keep reshaping the moneymaking side of country music’s good ol’ boy network.

  • SJS

    Justin’s video was definitely vindictive. Or perhaps spiteful would be a better word to use? And yeah she just talked, but being physical isn’t the only way to hurt someone. Haven’t you ever heard of emotional abuse? Don’t get me wrong, your opinion is fair enough. I just disagree.

  • Anonymous

    JB and Miley make like 3 times that, lol.
    Just saying.

    [Speak YOUR mind]

  • anonymous

    okay, im not saying this in a rude way or anything,
    but what you have to realized is that she is it more
    pop-country than JUST country.
    in MY OPINION she is more pop than she is country.

    soo i guess thats why she made it up soo far so fast.
    because its not just country fans that buy her music.
    many people who like her dont like any country but hers.

  • Gina

    Taylor isn’t a rocker – she’s country. So many forget that. Her style is *way* different from Miley or Demi or JB *because* she’s country-pop. I love her for being her own self. She’s a bonafide natural talent and you just cannot top her songwriting skills bar none! Taylor is FEARLESS y’all!

  • Anonymous

    SERIOUSLY NOWW THEY ALWAYS BRING UP MILEY INTO EVERYTHING… EVERY STAR THAT APPEARS ON THE NEW MILEYY IS ALWAYS THERE. I SWEAR I HEAR HER NAME MORE THEN 500000 TIMES A DAY AND ON EACH POST I SEE HER NAME WTFF??? SHE RLLLY NEEDS A VACATION CUZ THIS IS SOME CRAZYYYY SHIT NOW …AND WTFFF YAHOOO DOESNT LIKE MILEY SERIOUSLYY BITCH PLISZ….

    FOR ONCE I DONT WANT TO HEAR HER NAME WHEN ITS NOT ABOUT HER
    GIVE IT A RESTT

  • Anonymous

    im sorry i just didnt see vindictive in all this. iv been around block, and a girl, what, talking? no that doesnt do it for me. besides justin had a britney look-alike in his video and on tour. its been done before. again, not a big deal.

  • Anonymous

    taylor is good at writing but sucks ass at singing sorry people dont see the appeal to her

  • SJS

    Just cause she’s not AS vindictive, doesn’t mean some of the things she did weren’t vindictive. I agree that this whole thing got way too dramatic, but part of the reason for that was Taylor talking about it a lot (at 1st). And even now, she supposedly has a Joe look-alike in her new concert tour. It’s break around 7 months since their break-up. It may not be as bad as slashing tires, but it’s still vindictive (IMO).

  • Anonymous

    no i get what your saying. whatever. i guess iv just seen so much worse in my lifetime that something like just doesnt seem fitting for the word. i guess if what she says struck some new cord for you, i could see why you have that opinion. but anything taylor has said, i wouldnt think twice about. like i said, never was a big deal to me.

  • Anonymous

    taylor is hbic

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  • Jane

    taylor is amazing. congratulations girl!!!

  • ghfh

    First

  • Anonymous

    First<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

  • ghfh

    Wow ive never been first before, that was cool i guess..?
    I dont understand why everyone does that
    I thought id feel special hahaha but i dont :(
    Haha mks soo Good for you Taylor :)
    Your and amazzzzzing singer!

  • Anonymous

    Must be nice…

  • r2

    yeeaaahhh guuurlll!!! own that music industry.
    work it. work it HARD.

  • Anonymous

    Why does Miley get brought into EVERYTHING?

    If Demi, Taylor etc, are all friends of Mileys, the she is obiously doing something right. Not to mention the amount of fans she has.

  • Anonymous

    yeah cause shes awesome

  • Andrea Martins

    CHECK IT OUT GUYS, ME AND MY FRIEND SINGING STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEChNZ_3PiE&feature=channel_page

  • Anonymous

    THEY BRING MILEY INTO EVERYTHING

  • Anonymous

    lol mate the only thing she’s doing right is having a shitload of fame and money. you better believe a lot of people want to be her “friends” for that.

  • SJS

    The post title is misleading. She’s only in the Top 5 of COUNTRY Music earners. I wonder how all our other favorites stack up on Forbes music earners list.

    I’m not a big Taylor fan(I like some of her music, but not her), but good for her. It’s nice to see a female in the Top 5 of Country, even though I’d like to see it be someone I like more.

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS ONLY THE TOP 5 COUNTRY EARNERS!! GET UR FACTS
    STRAIGHT!

    taylor honestly sucks ass!!

  • Anonymous

    x]
    i love it how miley always gets brought into everything..HA!
    yeah bb, own it! [miley not tayloe x(]

  • swe3t23

    Miley is brought into everything WITH Demi, Taylor, JB, and Selena, and all those other disney/nick stars because She was the one who started this whole craze of TEEN BOPPERS GENERATION.

    With out her Phenomonen of Hannah Montana DO you think all thses other stars would have came along…NO

  • Anonymous

    she is soooooooooo
    UUUUGGGGLLLLYYYY

  • Anonymous

    Taylor is not a teenie bopper, you twit. Go back to your Miley fansite. We prefer logical people here.

  • Anonymous

    THIS IS ONLY THE TOP 5 COUNTRY EARNERS!! GET UR FACTS
    STRAIGHT!

    umm he never said it wasn’t. its not like title is going to have every detail that is in the article. that are no facts that need to be straightened out. if you were misled, i am sorry, but this is oceanup, i think we all know if you want the actual story you might want to read the little paragraph below.

  • Anonymous

    omg you are so right!
    work it miles haha :)

  • Anonymous

    lol. yea you are definitely joking.

  • SJS

    Um, just cause something happened before something else doesn’t mean it caused it. George Bush promoted morals and religion. Are we gonna say HE inspired the morally-conscious new wave of artists? Uh, no.

    Miley gets dragged into everything she can be dragged into, because she’s popular. The media used to do it with Britney Spears too.

  • Anonymous

    Me either! I’ve been far more vindictive. Havent we all at some point? I mean we’re not all perfect.

  • Anonymous

    congrats. love the girl.

  • Anonymous

    I like Taylor, but it’s hard not to get annoyed when you keep seeing Taylor=angel, Miley=devil in a lot of articles about her. I love Taylor, but she’s got a vindictive streak that’s hardly angelic.

  • Anonymous

    miley’s too popular for her own good. people are writing about her and dissing her just to get headlines. i expect miley would be going to nashville very soon. just to stay away from hollywood crazyness for a while. and as for taylor, CONGRATZ!!!! she deserves everything shes gotten!

  • SJS

    Agreed. Atleast Miley is just a 16 year old who has growing up to do. Taylor is gonna be 20 this year.

  • fsddsfsdf

    haah thats MY picture..well my sisters

  • http://google.com idk

    Too bad Demi’s talent surpasses hers by a distance too far to count.

  • Anonymous

    ok first, i love taylor
    2nd miley’s awesome so stfu

  • Anonymous

    agree, people are way to hard on miley

  • Anonymous

    Pretty much. I should be used to this but it just bugs me. Taylor and Miley are friends, I’m sure Taylor would be pissed right off if she saw this. Miley is not a bad kid. She’s a nice kid who treats people like they’re life long friends. It’s refreshing and makes her a good person in my eyes.

  • Anonymous

    the hannah montana movie is not real. jsyk.

  • Anonymous

    YIPIDEEDOODAAAA……………. :l

  • Anonymous

    dont know what your definition of vindictive is but being that i have seen girls after slash tires and break windown over stuff, im pretty sure taylor doesnt even come close. people have gotten way to dramatic about the whole thing. not that serious.

  • Anonymous

    wtf? teenies have existed for decades my friend, long before miley was born

  • Valeria

    Why does her hand say 13?

  • Anonymous

    omgoshhhh, thank you!