While at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards, Country music singer Kenny Chesney received the Groundbreaker Award.
Taylor Swift was on everybody's lips and playlists in 2013 and it's paying off.
Taylor Swift is a 24-year-old woman from Pennsylvania, who writes songs about past relationships and posts photos of her cat on Twitter. Also, she is the highest earning entertainer for 2013, according to Billboard. With $39,699,576.60 she came in far ahead of the second and third best – Kenny Chesney (no joke) and Justin Timberlake. In 2013, Chesney made $32,956,240.70, while Timberlake only raked in a “modest” $31,463,297.03 - figures that look more like random sequences of numbers than actual calculated amounts of money.
Taylor Swift is a pretty, young, blonde business-savvy music mogul.
But they were calculated and very thoroughly, too. The list was compiled, using data from Nielsen SoundScanand Broadcast Data Systems – which track sales and spins on TV, radio and internet, respectively – as well as Billboard’s own BoxScore charts. It measures musicians’ profits from touring, recorded-music sales, publishing royalties and revenue from digital music and video streaming (money earned from sponsorships, merch and syncs weren't included due to a lack of data).
The veteran rockers may have suffered some turbulence in their ranks, but that hasn't stopped them bringing in the Benjamins
Bon Jovi made over $205m (£125m) collectively over the last twelve months of being on tour; an impressive amount by all means, ensuring they finish 2013 as the highest grossing touring group of the year. Since January, the band have performed 90 sets to over two million fans, according to Billboard's yearly rankings, with each show a sell-out, making them easy victors in this year's rankings.
Bon Jovi performed to millions of people across the globe and made millions back in return
The Michael Jackson-inspired 'Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour' by Cirque Du Soleil came in second and despite not scoring a single sell-out performance, they contortionists still managed to bring in $157m Third and fourth place was decided by a few (hundred) thousand, with Pink edging out Bruce Springsteen for the No. 3 spot. Her 114 shows in 2013, 111 of which sold out, earned the singer $147.9m as she performed to over 1.5 million people across the globe. Springsteen saw his 53 tours sell out in 36 locations, with over 1.3 million people paying a combined $147.6m to see The Boss.
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Forbes' 25 Highest Earning Musicians threw up some sure surprises. But one 'Material Girl' has never fallen out of 'Vogue.'
Forbes Magazine have released their list of the 25 Highest Paid Musicians of the 2013, taking into account living artists' earnings between June 2012 to June 2013.
Beyonce Performing at the 'Made in America' Festival
The latest rich list was compiled from sources including Pollstar, the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan, artists' managers, lawyers and many of the artists themselves. The figures are comprises of concert ticket sales, royalties, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals and other such business ventures.
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The veteran pop star earned most of her money through touring
Forbes have once again compiled their yearly list of highest earning celebrities in every possible respect and the winner for highest earning musician in 2013 is a very familiar face indeed: Madonna. The Queen of Pop came out on top despite tough competition and the fact that she didn't really create or release any new music in 2013. Call that staying power.
Madge earned big through her touring and business ventures
According to the magazine, Madge earned most of her money over the last year through touring, with her 'MDNA' tour grossing $305 million in total since it was launched, earning the singer a cool amount in the process. Her other major sources of income has been royalties, her clothing line and the launch of her new fragrance, Forbes revealed, putting her total earnings for the past 12 months at an estimated $125 million.
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