How big is Tay-Tay? So big that she didn’t have to tour to finish at the top of Billboard’s Music Money Makers list

Taylor Swift is monstrously huge. She managed to pull in US$65.5 million in 2022 without ever having to play a show, pulling on US$65.5 million from sales and streaming alone. That’s a full US$10 million more than The Rolling Stones. Drake never toured, either, but even with his huge success with streaming, he made half as much as Tay-Tay.

Here’s how Billboard calculated things.

RankArtistSales RoyaltiesStreaming RoyaltiesGlobal Streaming CountBox Office TakeTOTAL
1Taylor Swift$29.8M$28.9M15.6B$0$65.8M
2The Rolling Stones$4.3M$4.5M2.2B$44.4M$55.5M
3Harry Styles$4.2M$4.4M5B$32.2M$41.3M
4BTS$9.9M$13.8M19.8B$11.3M$38.4M
5Drake$1.5M$26.4M14.9B$0$30.7M

Read more at Billboard.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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