Top 20 highest-paid musicians

Top 20 highest-paid musicians

Billboard has released its annual list of the highest-paid musicians of 2013.

Taking the top spot is seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift, who raked in almost US$39.7 million (around S$50.4 million) last year. Following behind is fellow country singer Kenny Chesney who earned close to US$33 million. At third place is singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake, whose approximately US$31.5-million revenue was led by his two-part album, The 20/20 Experience.

Rounding out the top five are Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones, who earned over US$29 million and US$26 million respectively. The rock veterans generated most of their money from touring.

Rankings are based on US earnings, calculated from touring, recorded-music sales, publishing royalties and revenue from digital music and video streaming.

Scroll through the gallery below to find out who were the top money makers in the music industry last year.

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