Billboard released their annual study of the Top 40 Money Makers in the Music Business, and Country Music flexed it’s muscles in the latest edition. Taylor Swift was #1 on the chart making a whopping pile of dough that comes just shy of $40 million over the past 12 months. Kenny Chesney comes in at #2 on the list, making nearly $33 million. The rest of the top 5 is rounded out by #3 Justin Timberlake, #4 Bon Jovi, and #5 The Rolling Stones.
Also cracking the Top 15 from the Country Music genre are Luke Bryan, who comes in at #8 with over $22 million, Jason Aldean at #14, and George Strait at #15. So one third of the top 15 come from the country genre…it’s no wonder it’s experiencing quite possibly it’s highest level of popularity ever!
Other charting country artists:
- #27 – Blake Shelton
- #30 – Zac Brown Band
- #34 – Rascal Flatts
- #36 – Miranda Lambert
- #38 – Tim McGraw
- #40 – Carrie Underwood