Taylor Swift's $73.5 million fortune makes her 2015's highest earning musician

It's safe to say that Taylor Swift isn't shaking off any disappointment after being named the highest-earning musician in 2015. After ranking 15th in 2014, the country-turned-pop singer jumped to number one on Billboard's Money-Makers list, which takes into account sales, streaming, publishing and touring.

Although Adele sold more than double the amount of albums as Taylor, it was the singer's tour that really bumped up the 26-year-old's earnings. Taylor is estimated to have earned a staggering $61.7 million in revenue from her 1989 world tour, which saw her joined on stage by a number of celebrity friends including Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Selena Gomez and Avril Lavigne.


Taylor Swift has been named the highest earning musician of 2015.

Music sales accounted for just shy of $7.2 million worth of Taylor's $73.5 million revenue in 2015, while Adele reportedly earned over $16.3 million in North America for her long awaited album 25.

However the Hello singer didn't embark on her world tour until March, so she is yet to see the boost in revenue that Taylor experienced from her live shows and sits at number nine in Billboard's list.

Adele sold more albums than Taylor and came ninth on the list.

Joining Taylor and Adele in the top ten are country musician Kenny Chesney ($39.8m revenue), The Rolling Stones ($39.6m) and Billy Joel ($31.7m). One Direction took fifth place after earning an estimated $19.6 million on the US leg of their On the Road Again tour alone.

Canada's Shania Twain placed 12th with $14.4 million revenue while Celine Dion finished 25th with $9.3 million, despite taking most of the year off to care for her ailing husband René Angélil.

Taylor has enjoyed stratospheric success following the release of her album 1989 in 2014, and combined with her boyfriend Calvin Harris, she is one half of the biggest power couple in the music industry. Just months after they started dating Taylor and Calvin dethroned Beyoncé and Jay Z to be declared the highest earning duo in the world by Forbes.

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