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Swift shakes her Money Makers

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – Taylor Swift is the biggest greenbacks juggernaut in music, according to Billboard. Swift was first on the list of the magazine's annual Money Makers list, earning just under $40 million in revenue.

Kenny Chesney was second.

Swift earned $39,599,575.60, according to Billboard. That included money made from concerts ($30 million from the first six months of her Red Tour), sales of 2012's "Red" and selling almost 10 million downloads. Two years ago, Swift also led the chart with $35.7 million.

Chesney made just under $33 million, mainly from his No Shoes Nation tour and his "Life on a Rock" CD.

Luke Bryan was eighth with $22.1 million. Other country acts were Jason Aldean at 14 ($17.9 million); George Strait at 15 ($16 million); Mumford & Sons at 18 ($14.2 million); The Eagles at 22 ($13 million); Blake Shelton at 27 ($10.3 million); Zac Brown Band at 30 ($9.9 million); Jimmy Buffett at 32 ($9.4 million); Rascal Flatts at 34 ($9.2 million); Miranda Lambert at 36 ($8.8 million); Tim McGraw at 38 ($8.8 million) and Carrie Underwood at 40 ($8.1 million).

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Part Behind The Music style documentary and part concert film, Taylor Swift's new Blu-ray release offers an interesting hybrid approach to the typical live performance video - an approach that hits more than it misses. "Journey To Fearless" focuses on Swift's meteoric rise from aspiring grade-school singer/songwriter to award-winning country and pop megastar while sprinkling in live performances. Hardcore Swift fans will find a lot to love on this single-disc set (which is also »»»
Speak Now CD review - Speak Now
Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: We Banjo 3 beaks down the barriers – The joy is palpable when the music is of the Irish variety. And when you combine that with a typically uptempo bluegrass sound - We Banjo 3 labels its style of music Celtgrass - let's say it makes for one fun night. The group, which has been around since 2011, is a quartet from Galway Ireland comprised of two sets of brothers - the cool looking... »»»
Concert Review: Gayle, Orlando provide good old-fashioned entertainment – Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally. It was an evening of memorable songs, fun and funny stories and just good old-fashioned entertainment. Gayle opened the show with a strong set of country... »»»
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