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How 10 Major Songwriters Make Big Money

Calculating song royalties is a tricky business, but it's clear that these rights holders are raking it in
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Taylor Swift, Writer, 'Speak Now'

TRACK SALES: 485,000
ALBUM SALES: 3.9 million
TOTAL SONGWRITING ROYALTIES: $399,035

Sort of the reverse Cee Lo, Swift and her record label, Big Machine, have worked hard to establish her as an album artist. As with Mark Foster for "Pumped Up Kicks," Swift shares no songwriting credit for this song. But unlike Foster the People, she's far from a one-hit wonder, as numerous songs from 2010's Speak Now album have become big country-radio hits, and Swift takes at least a share of the 9.1 cents for each of them.

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