Taylor Swift should hope she keeps getting screwed over by guys because it is paying off. Big time. Forbes just came out with its list of highest celebrity earners under 30 for this year and Ms.Swift came out on top with $57 million. This is mainly due to her three albums – Taylor Swift, Fearless and Speak Now – all going platinum at least four times mainly due to their songs about relationships gone wrong (her song Mean won two Grammy’s.) Not too bad for a 22-year-old.
According to Forbes, Taylor grossed over $1 million per night on more than 65 dates. She continues to cash in on her 2010 album Speak Now, which has now sold over 5 million copies worldwide. She also has a lucrative CoverGirl campaign. With her fourth album due this fall there is no doubt this cash cow will continue to prosper. If she ever loses inspiration, we suggest just dating John Mayer again.
Author of the Forbes list Dorothy Pomerantz, told the New York Daily News that Swift embodies ‘Youth, innocence and the struggle of being a teen’ while third-placed Rihanna is the ‘edgy bad girl’ and Adele is all about ‘heartfelt’ vocals. She said: ‘We’re seeing this confluence of talented young female stars. They have such distinct personalities and sounds, they can all co-exist without cannibalising each other.’
Taylor even managed to beat out Justin Bieber ($55 million) and Rihanna ($53 million.) Lady Gaga slid down from the top spot to due to less touring but her social media presence is strong as ever. She has over 24 million followers, she’s the world’s most popular Twitter user and she has 50 million Facebook fans. Katy Perry completed the top five with $45 million, and British singing sensation Adele was in sixth with $35 million after a highly successful period that saw her win six Grammys and two Brit Awards.
It’s interesting to see that the top five spots were all filled by musicians and then came the actors. Kristen Stewart came in at number seven on this list while it was just a month ago she topped the Highest Paid Actress List with her $34 million in earnings.
7. Kristen Stewart, 22 – $34.5 million
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