Country superstar Blake Shelton took home a HUGE paycheck in 2021. He took home so much that he ranked number nine in Rolling Stone‘s list of the 10 Highest Paid Musicians of 2021, and beat out Taylor Swift‘s salary.
Shelton is the only country star on the list, with an estimated income of $83 million.
Rolling Stone reports that a major source of Shelton’s income in 2021 came from a “previously unreported catalog sale” of $50 million.
Additionally, the “Come Back As A Country Boy” singer earned an eight-figure salary for his role as a coach on The Voice, the release of his new album, Body Language, and the Friends and Heroes Tour, which reportedly grossed $14.5 million.
Swift is the only female artist on the list, ranking in the number 10 slot with an estimated income of $80 million.
Swift’s salary is partially thanks to the release of two albums, Red (Taylor’s Version) and Fearless (Taylor’s Version). She also had lucrative partnerships with brands such as Peloton and Starbucks.
Other artists included on the list are Mötley Crüe ($95 million), Lindsey Buckingham ($100 million), Red Hot Chili Peppers ($145 million), Ryan Tedder ($200 million), Kanye West ($250 million), Paul Simon ($260 million) and Jay-Z ($470 million).
The artist in the top spot is Bruce Springsteen with an estimated total earnings of $590 million. Springsteen made history in 2021 when he sold his copyrights and master recordings to Sony. It was the largest sale of solo catalog of all time.