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Raking in millions

by Randy Allen

How does she do it?

Taylor Swift claimed the top spot on Billboard's annual Money Makers list.

She earned $39,699,575.60, thanks to her album, "Red". Her album sales were eighth among all of Billboard's Money Makers and digitally, she sold almost 10 million downloads, , ranked fifth in streaming royalties and was first in country music.

Revenue from six months of touring the United States on the Red Tour topped the list with an estimated take of $30 million.

Taylor’s closest competition was country superstar Kenny Chesney, who made $32,956,240.70, tanks to his "Life on a Rock" album and his No Shoes Nation stadium tour.

Justin Timberlake's comeback gave him third place. His two "The 20/20 Experience" albums and two tours -- first with Jay Z and later solo -- earned him $31,463,297.03 in the U.S.

Bon Jovi's Because We Can Tour was the top-grossing tour in 2013 and placed the band at fourth on the list with $29,436,801.04.

And The Rolling Stones rounded out the Top 5 at No. 5 with $26,225,121.71.


Here’s The Top 10:

1. Taylor Swift, $39,699,575.60

2. Kenny Chesney, $32,956,240.70

3. Justin Timberlake, $31,463,297.03

4. Bon Jovi, $29,436,801.04

5. The Rolling Stones, $26,225,121.71

6. Beyonce, $24,429,176.86

7. Maroon 5, $22,284,754.07

8. Luke Bryan, $22,142,235.98

9. Pink, $20,072,072.32

10. Fleetwood Mac, $19,123,101.98