Which Star Topped Billboard's Highest Paid Music Makers of 2015?
Taylor Swift, Adele and more music stars raked in big bucks last year, but which artist took home the most dough? The chart-topping Swift, according to Billboard's list of music's highest-paid musicians of 2015. The mag reported that the "Bad Blood" crooner, 26, brought in most of her $73.5 million from touring, with her 1989 World Tour generating $61.7 million for her bank account. The pop star's top spot shouldn't come as much of a surprise though, considering she was such a dominating force last year that she also topped Parade Magazine's highest paid celebrities list last month.
As for the other music stars that followed Swift's reign, Kenny Chesney came in second with $39.8 million, while The Rolling Stones landed in third with $39.6 million and Billy Joel came in fourth with $31.7 million. Although One Direction lost Zayn Malik last year, the boy band still brought in $24.2 million and nabbed the fifth spot.
Adele and Maroon 5 rounded up the top ten, with the "Hello" singer bringing in $20.5 million from record sales and landing in the ninth spot. She was the only artist on the list who didn't tour and still managed to be the top-selling artist in the rankings. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 took home $19.2 million in revenue, with $13 million of it coming from last year's Maroon V Tour.