Nine Ways Musicians Actually Make Money Today

With record sales plummeting to new lows, here's how top stars are helping pay their bills

Fashion Lines

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Fashion reporters have estimated the yearly grosses for Jessica Simpson's namesake Collection, with its populist hats and jeggings, at anywhere from $750 million to a staggering $1 billion. Simpson is making slightly less, but the money's still good: according to Forbes, she scored about $15 million in a licensing deal that gave the Camuto Group the right to market her name.

Potential payday: $15 million

Downsides: Going to fashion shows, sitting in meetings and evaluating new products is hard work – and not a sure thing, as stars from Madonna to Sarah Jessica Parker have discovered. "It's time-consuming," says a music-business source. "You've got to have a hit."

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