Taylor Swift Made $40 Million In 2013

Taylor Swift Shops In HollywoodTaylor Swift is #1 on Billboard’s annual Money Makers rich list earning $39,699,575.60. Fueled by 2012’s ‘Red,’ the singer’s album sales were eighth among all of Billboard’s Money Makers, while on the digital front she sold nearly 10 million downloads, ranking sixth, and fifth in streaming royalties, tops in country music.

But where Swift is most potent is on the road, performing in packed arena after packed arena. Revenue from six months of touring the United States on the Red Tour tops all fellow money makers with an estimated take of $30 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.

The tour also boasted lucrative sponsorships (Keds, Elizabeth Arden, Diet Coke) and a ravaged merch table, which averaged $17 per head. Swift topped the rich list just two years ago raking in $35,719,902.

Taylor Swift, $39,699,575.60 Kenny Chesney, $32,956,240.70 Justin Timberlake, $31,463,297.03 Bon Jovi, $29,436,801.04 The Rolling Stones, $26,225,121.71 Beyonce, $24,429,176.86 Maroon 5, $22,284,754.07 Luke Bryan, $22,142,235.98 Pink, $20,072,072.32 Fleetwood Mac, $19,123,101.98 11 Justin Bieber 13 One Direction 20 Rihanna

  • Guest

    1D only made 18 mill? Sounds like they are getting ripped off

  • anonymous

    and she kept?

    • Swifties 4 TayTay

      That is the amount that she kept. Her tour alone has grossed over $100 million and isn’t even complete. She sold over 6 million copies of her RED CD to date (which sold for full price $11-$14 each) which accumulates to at least $72 million.The amount Billboard mag calculated above is just for her touring and music royalties sales. It doesn’t include all of her other revenues. So she actually made much more than that amount.

      • anonymous

        i see. the rest of the tour was outside the US

  • laura

    I hope she gave most to charity.

    • guest

      Taylor has been listed by several sites as being the number 1 celebrity charity contributor the last two years. So she does give back. Recently she donated a couple of million to a country music museum charity in Nashville.

  • Natalie

    God. She’s gorgeous, talented and rich and has about a billion friends. Can I have her life?

    • anonymous

      no

  • Duckyhoward15

    You want to tell me she made more than BEYONCE , Justin B and 1D , I am almost sure something is wrong here tbh

    • laura

      Well, Beyonce’s new album did make more than 40 million. At least, that is what I’ve read in the newspaper this morning.

      • Swifties 4 TayTay

        Beyonce’s album has sold 3 million units worldwide as of January 2014.

        • Duckyhoward15

          In the news it sold more than 40 million dollars though and 1d’s tour sold more than 300 million dollars on tickets

          • Swifties 4 TayTay

            Taylor sold twice the amount of albums than Beyonce did, so Taylor would’ve made 80 million (if Bey made 40) on album sales. Explaining why she topped Beyonce. Red has sold 6 million to date and Midnight Memories has sold 2 million to date. And that’s why she probably topped one direction, and Taylor had the top grossing tour on top of every artist.

            Just posting the facts, not trying to say she’s better than anyone else. She just sold more albums and tickets in 2013 than everyone else.

      • Duckyhoward15

        Exactly this is why I just think something is wrong and 1D’s tours ( tmh and mm) sold more than 300 million dollars and their albums in the same year did more than 20 million dollars

        • laura

          Maybe it is because her album came out later? idk but it said she made 40 million or something

          • Duckyhoward15

            Exactly , i think they didn’t really count her album as 2013 album :/

    • KeepSwimming

      Her tour & career have been really successful actually, people from my country actually know about her now. They didn’t before so I believe it.

      • Swifties 4 TayTay

        Where are you from?

      • Duckyhoward15

        Still not more than Beyonce , people kept talking about her huge success and comeback and I believe 1d did more than 20 million dollars too

    • HolyGround

      Out of all those people Taylor’s tour was the only one that sold out completely. She also grossed a lot more than them too. So I don’t really think anything is wrong?

      • Duckyhoward15

        1D did like 105 + shows most if not all all of them sold out their new tour is already sold out except for the dates that hasn’t been confirmed not to mention their albums both sold more than 20 million dollars just the whole article not just the taylor bit seems weird :)

        • anon

          That’s 2013 music revenue, discounting the value paid to arenas and tour promoters. The new tour is not included and probably not december

          • Duckyhoward15

            Well if this is the case then it could be <3

        • HolyGround

          http://www.billboard.com/articles/list/5820092/top-25-tours-of-2013

          If you’re talking about their 2013 tour, a little more than half sold out. I was surprised too 1D was so low on the list, but I doubt that they purposely did it like that haha. But I was also surprised about their tour and Jb’s not being one of the top.

    • Swifties 4 TayTay

      Justin’s Believe album sold 375k copies his first week, Taylor’s RED sold 3x as much at 1.2 million.
      Taylor is also the top touring artist which is where the bulk of the money is made. Taylor’s been playing crazy amounts of stadiums this tour, not only in America, she played basically all stadiums in Australia (which broke records for being ALL sold out). She played 5 shows at the 02 in the UK all sold out. And at the 02 in Berlin. Every single of her shows were at capacity/ sold out. She played more shows/ at bigger arenas then Beyonce.
      Another big feat is that she is personally very involved with her music. If you Wikipedia these albums it will show you all the writers for each track. Taylor at most has two people writing with her. But 9/16 songs are written by herself. So she makes more money from the songwriting credit. This estimate from Billboard is only a basic accumulation of CD sales, streaming and Tour revenue.

      • Duckyhoward15

        My point isn’t just taylor’s part the whole article seems to be wrong since I am sure 1d’s albums in 2013 sold more than 20 million dollars their sold tours (tmh and wwa) made more than 300 million dollars and I doubt Beyonce made less than all these celebs tbh and taylor sold that just in the us but justin’s as far as I know sold 2 or three million world wide copies from his album on his first week but could be we will never know the truth anyway , one d were paid 20 million each after the tour though so how come they all together only made 20 millions ?

        • anon

          Even if their album sold more than 20 million, that money doesn’t go all for the singers. What Billboard counts is the money which goes for them, not the total of money made

          • Duckyhoward15

            20 million dollars were just at the first month world wide so atleast they got 5 million dollars each form just the album putting them together and they still have 20 million seemed weird

          • anon

            Probably they has a shitty contract

    • Queen Amanda Bynes

      I think because B’s album came out in December. And this list is from January 2013 to December 2013. Tay had been a tour and every thing and had Red.

      • Duckyhoward15

        OHHHHHHHHH thank you <3

  • Amanda

    Go taylor swift, and Haters thought all she did was sleep with guys.All that money is just from her tours and not sponors(coke,keds).

    • KeepSwimming

      Ugh don’t remind me of last year, all I heard was a bunch of wannabe feminists calling her either a prude or a slut. what kind of logic is that?

  • Blair

    1D needs better management. 18 million is a joke for four boys to share.Each gets 4.5 million minus tour staff salaries.

    • 58

      aren’t they 5 ?

    • Swifties 4 TayTay

      Well the more they get involved with their music (which they are) and responsibilities they take on, the more they’ll make. This estimate doesn’t include all of their endorsements and other avenues that they made. Its just based on their music sales and touring. So they actually made much more. I know they’re planning to play much bigger shows and stadiums so they’ll probably make much more next year.

  • KeepSwimming

    I always thought she would never be hated and always be that fairytale ‘small-town girl’ singer but i was shocked by the reaction last year (it all started because she dated that boy from 1D) and now everyone thinks of her as an improper girl which I don’t understand. She’s seriously (from what I’ve seen) one of the really, rare few classy celebs.

    Hopefully her image changes back, or better, her image changes into a mature, much more respected artist. anything can happen.

    Not many kids in the industry can survive 6-7 years of fame, proud of her.

  • Marina And My Diamonds

    With all that money they could stop poverty.

  • dumb rich blonde “woman” slay

    wow I hate this dumb bitch but gotta admit she’s the queen of music industry and she’s not even 25 yet . The reason why she’s successful is that her image is wholesome, her songs are relatable and catchy to young audience and she’s pretty and resembles a barbie doll.

    it seems like her irritating personality and immaturity aren’t affecting her sales because her fans who are mostly post breakup heart broken teenage girls (just like her -because she has a mentality of a teenager- )think she’s normal ,so congrats,she knows how to run her business. she’s slaying in all seriousness .I don’t think she’ll be dethroned or be less successful any time soon Her next album will probably sell 2 million copies first week.

  • Lily

    Sure, she’s an insufferable human being, but the girl sure knows how to market herself.

  • HolyGround

    Slaylorr Swift. She was also most charitable celeb for two years in a row so its not like she keeps it all stored under her mattress lol.

  • http://zarriall-zombies.tumblr.com FuckHarry

    Yesssssss go Taylor. She really works her butt off and it shows. Love her #slayyy

  • boystan

    SLAY ME QUEEN!

  • boystan

    GET THEM MILLIONS!

  • boystan

    pls bring back the red tour to the US

  • Queen Amanda Bynes

    Flawless Queen of Country <3

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