So Who Were the Top Moneymakers in Music in 2014? I’m Glad You Asked.

Now that everyone has filed their taxes–you have filed your taxes, right?–it’s time to gawk at the squillions of dollars various artists have made. Check out Billboard’s list for all the class envy details. All amounts in USD.

  1. One Direction: $46 million. (Note to Zayn: Are you crazy?)
  2. Katy Perry: $30.1 million
  3. Justin Timberlake: $27.9 million
  4. Billy Joel:  $27.2 million
  5. The Eagles: $26.2 million
  6. Luke Bryan: $25 million
  7. Paul McCartney: $23.5 million
  8. George Strait: $22.5 million
  9. Jay Z: $22 million
  10. Jason Aldean: $20.2 million.

The highest-ranking Canadian on the list is Drake (#21, $10.6 million–or in his case, $12.9 million CAD). Next is Celine Dion (#30, $8.6 million). Did I miss Bieber? Or is he not here?



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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