Taylor Swift has reached the top Billboard‘s highest paid musicians of 2020 list.
After a year of lack of live shows due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 31-year-old superstar singer returned to the US Money Makers list with an estimated $23.8 million, but it’s down from the $99.6 million when she last ran out. the list of 2018.
As of 2021, Taylor reportedly has a net worth of $400 million thanks to her successful songwriting skills and sold-out world tours over the years.
Wildest dreams! Taylor Swift tops Billboard’s highest paid musicians of 2020 list with a staggering $23.8 MILLION despite no tour revenue during the pandemic
However, Taylor’s final paycheck comes despite the Fearless hitmaker not making any concert revenue due to the global health crisis.
Billboard’s Top 20 Money Makers
1. Taylor Swift: $23.8 Million
2. Post Malone: $23.2 Million
3. Celine Dion: $17.5 Million
4. Eagles: $16.3 Million
5. Billie Eilish: $14.7 Million
6. Drake: $14.2 million
7. Queen: $13.2 million
8. The Beatles: $12.9 Million
9. YoungBoy Never Broke Again: $11.9 Million
10. Lil Baby: $11.7 Million
11. The Weeknd: $10.4 Million
12. Aventura: $10.2 million
13. AC/DC: $10.1 million
14. Eminem: $9.7 million
15. Lil Uzi Vert: $9.5 million
16. Luke Combs: $9.2 Million
17. DaBaby: $9.1 million
18. Metallica: $9 Million
19. BTS: $8.9 million
20. Pink Floyd: $8.8 Million
It’s the first time in Money Makers history that inbound touring hasn’t contributed to a top spot.
For her top spot, Billboard estimates Taylor earned $10.6 million from streaming, $10 million from sales, and $3.2 million from publishing.
She narrowly took Post Malone to first place with $600,000, after he reportedly brought in $23.2 million.
That was largely due to his $12.4 million in touring, after he managed to sneak in a number of shows – including a sold-out performance in Denver on March 12, 2020 – before the world came to a standstill due to the coronavirus.
The 26-year-old rapper is also said to have earned $ 8.1 million from streaming.
With fans forced to stay home for much of 2020, artist streaming royalties increased 82 percent last year compared to the Money Makers 2019 list, from $106 million to $193 million.
Celine Dion’s $17 million touring revenue played a big part in her third place on the list at $17.5 million, and Eagles’ $11.4 million touring revenue also had a big hand in fourth at $16.3. million.
Rounding out the top five, Billie Eilish was there with $14.7 million after streaming and publishing earned her $5.9 million and $5.7 million respectively.
Other stars who made up the top 10 include Drake, who, like Taylor, received nothing from ticket sales, yet made a healthy $14.2 million, and Queen didn’t rely on any concert venue for their $13.2 million.
Unsurprisingly, The Beatles did too, but the Fab Four still managed to bring in $12.9 million, thanks in large part to $5.2 million in sales and $5.1 million in streaming, proving that Beatlemania is very much alive.
YoungBoy Never Broke Again ($11.9 million) and Lil Baby ($11.7 million) round out the top 10, while The Weeknd narrowly missed 11th place with $10.4 million.
Bringing in: Despite Taylor not touring during the pandemic, Taylor still brought in a hefty paycheck from her music (pictured above, her recent re-recording of her hit album Fearless)
AC/DC ($10.1 million), Eminem ($9.7 million) and Metallica (£9 million) were among the top 20.
Meanwhile, it was revealed yesterday that Taylor will ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ failed to compete at Grammy and CMA Awards.
The singer has already won four Grammys for the original 2008 recording of Fearless and several CMA Awards, and despite the new release with six new songs, Taylor has decided not to submit the LP for awards at the major ceremonies.
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A statement issued to Republic Records’ Billboard read: “After careful consideration, Taylor Swift will not submit Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in any category at this year’s Grammy and CMA Awards.”
“Fearless has already won four Grammys, including Album of the Year, as well as the CMA Award for Album of the Year in 2009/2010 and remains the most awarded country album of all time.”
However, the hitmaker Shake It Off will enter her 2020 LP Evermore in all categories at the Grammys.
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Its sister record, Folklore, won Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammys in March.
Taylor decided to re-record her early albums, including Fearless, after Scooter Braun bought her former record label, Big Machine Label Group, for $300 million, thereby acquiring the rights to her old catalog.
And Scooter’s Ithaca Holdings sold the catalog to Shamrock Holdings.
After the purchase, Taylor claimed she never got the chance to buy her own master recordings.
About her plans to re-record her records, she said: “It’s going to be fun because it’s going to feel like regaining freedom and taking back what’s mine.
‘When I created’ [these songs], I didn’t know what they would become. Going back in there and knowing it meant something to people is actually a really nice way to celebrate what the fans have done for my music.”