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These 10 Artists Earn The Most Money In The Music Industry

Ah, it's that time of year, folks!

You know, the time of year when Billboard announces last year's highest-paid musicians as we sit at our desks and wonder why we're not out touring the world and selling overpriced merch to sobbing fans at sold out arenas.

Hey, don't feel too bad for yourself. If anything, this list should serve as motivation to strive for greatness (or pick up a microphone).

According to Billboard's 40-person list of the music industry's highest-paid acts, not one rapper made it onto the top 10 despite all of the flashy luxury cars, diamond-encrusted accessories and lavish mansions depicted in their music videos.

So, this leaves us to wonder: who did make Billboard's top 10 money-makers of 2015 list?

Keep in mind, total revenue reported includes earnings from four different departments - record sales, streaming rights, publishing and touring.

Here's a hint: Number one is an absolute no-brainer.

Here's another hint: She fell off a treadmill while rapping Drake lyrics but doesn't care because she's super-f*cking-rich.

Check out the 10 artists who earned the most money in 2015 below!

10. Maroon 5 - $19.2 million in total revenue

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9. Adele - $20.5 million in total revenue

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8. U2 - $21.8 million in total revenue

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7. Luke Bryan - $23.1 million in total revenue

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6. Grateful Dead - $23.8 million in total revenue

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5. One Direction - $24.2 million in total revenue

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4. Billy Joel - $31.7 million in total revenue

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3. The Rolling Stones - $39.6 million in total revenue

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2. Kenny Chesney - $39.8 million in total revenue

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1. Taylor Swift - $75.5 million in total revenue

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Citations: Taylor Swift Tops Billboard's Top Money-Makers List of 2015 (Billboard)