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Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour was undoubtedly her biggest concert undertaking to date, with near-daily celebrity cameos from the likes of Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd, and many more. And the tour paid off for the pop star — big time. This morning, Billboard released its list of 2015’s biggest money-making musicians, and Swift sits pretty at the top, having pulled in a cool $73.5 million in total revenue over the past year. Of that, a whopping $61.7 million came from touring. The rest was made up of music sales ($7.2 million), publishing ($4.1 million, aided heavily by Ryan Adams’ 1989 cover album), and streaming ($564,000, a drop in the proverbial bucket in comparison to those other figures).
This means, unbelievably, that Swift made more money last year than One Direction (the fifth-highest earners, with $24.2 million), Adele (number nine on the list, with $20.5 million), Madonna (number 14, with $12.7 million), and Britney Spears (number 22, with $10.6 million) combined. It should be noted, however, that Adele actually sold more music than Swift did in 2015, according to Billboard; the 25 singer earned $16.3 million in sales last year, while the 1989 star landed in second place with $7.2 million.