Taylor Swift earned nearly $40 million dollars in 2013, topping Billboard's list of music earners.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (UNRESTRICTED POOL) - Billboard has released its list of top earners in music for 2013, with country crossover star Taylor Swift at the top with nearly $40 million dollars (USD) in revenue.
Following Swift is another country star, Kenny Chesney, who made $33 million dollars in 2013, thanks to his chart-topping album "Life on a Rock," and his wildly popular tour, No Shoes Nation.
Justin Timberlake was close behind with a combined total of $31.5 million, thanks to his best-selling album "The 20/20 Experience," and the album's extensive world tour.
Jon Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones also raked it in on the tour circuit, earning $29.5 million and $26 million, respectively.
Reigning pop star Beyonce made 24.5 million in 2013, from a jam-packed year featuring her performing at both the inauguration of U.S. president Barack Obamaand the Super Bowl Halftime Show, a "secret" album release on iTunes, and the 132-date Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
The other earners in the top ten of the 40-artist list include Pop Band Maroon 5 and country star Luke Bryan, who both earned $22 million, Pink, who earned $20 million, and Fleetwood Mac, which earned $19 million with its 2013 world tour, and its first new studio material in a decade, "Extended Play."