Taylor Swift Billboard's top money maker

Taylor Swift has topped Billboard's list of the highest paid musicians. Photo / AP
Taylor Swift has topped Billboard's list of the highest paid musicians. Photo / AP

Superstar Taylor Swift has topped Billboard's list of the highest paid musicians of 2015.

The Shake It Off star has earned US$73.5 million (NZ$106.84 million) from album sales, streaming and publishing revenue and her 1989 world tour - almost double the fortune amassed by country star Kenny Chesney, who is a distant second with US$39.8 million.

The Rolling Stones come in a close third with US$39.6 million.

Billy Joel and One Direction close out the top five, and the Grateful Dead, Luke Bryan, U2, Adele, and Maroon 5 make the top 10.

It's been a good year for Swift, who won three Grammy Awards in February for Best Music Video, Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year. She was also was named one of the 2015 Time 100 by editors at Time magazine and will be honoured with the first Taylor Swift Award at the BMI Pop Awards later this month.

She'll be hoping to use some of her fortune to pay for a grand and extended holiday after telling Vogue magazine she has no immediate plans to start recording a new album.

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"This is the first time in 10 years that I haven't known (what I'm going next). I just decided that after the past year, with all of the unbelievable things that happened, I decided I was going to live my life a little bit without the pressure on myself to create something," she said.

"I'm always going to be writing songs," she added.

"The thing is, with me, I could very well come up with three things in the next two weeks and then jump back into the studio, and all of a sudden the next record is started. That's an option, too."

- WENN

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