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Your Week in Music: It pays to be a pop star

Billboard's Money Makers list shows it pays to be a pop star. Billboard's Money Makers list shows it pays to be a pop star.

(RNN) - Taylor Swift shouldn't be bouncing any checks anytime soon. Billboard has ranked her No. 1 on their annual Money Makers list.

Billboard says the country-turned-pop hybrid made nearly $40 million in 2013, largely thanks to the strength of her concerts (which run Broadway-esque in their production) raking in $30 million.

It wasn't a bad year for Kenny Chesney either, who brought in nearly $33 million and ranks No. 2.

Justin Timberlake earned nearly $31.5 million after releasing his two-part 20/20 Experience his first album since 2006, earning him the No. 3 spot.

We'd round out the list for you, but right now, we have to hoard ourselves away in our bedrooms, thinking of words that rhyme with "love" and constructing a radio-friendly key of G melody. Call us, Ryan Tedder.

Skrillex surprises fans, drops full stream of album

Apparently Beyonce started a trend when she released her surprise album, Beyonce, in December. Electronic musician Skrillex pulled a similar stunt Tuesday when he released each track of his new album, Recess - even though, we must admit, he got a bit more creative.

Skrillex recently launched a new app called Alien Ride in order to promote Recess, which included a game and a countdown to the album release. Early Tuesday, around 2 a.m., the countdown ran out and the app's users discovered secret links to 11 unnamed tracks which unlocked every 30 minutes until every song on the upcoming album was available to stream.

The 11-track album features guest artists on every track but two, including Ragga Twins, Chance the Rapper, Kill The Noise, Alvin Risk, Milo and Otis and Kid Harpoon.

Recess releases on March 18. Download Alien Ride in the iTunes app store, or stream the entire album on SoundCloud by visiting

SXSW in your living room

If you don't have a ticket to South by Southwest, you can at least catch some of your favorite acts via the magic of the internet.

iTunes will be streaming shows from the iTunes Festival at SXSW all week.

Acts include Kendrick Lamar (11 p.m. ET Wednesday), Soundgarden (11 p.m. ET Thursday), ZEDD (9:45 p.m. ET Friday) and Keith Urban (11 p.m. ET Saturday).

For a full lineup and to stream the shows live, visit :

CHVRCHES covers Lorde

If you can't get Lorde's Team out of your head, check out CHVRCHES' recently recorded cover of the song.

The cover was recorded for BBC Radio's Live Lounge, and is a pretty good take on the original if we do say so ourselves.

The British synthpop band aren't the only ones taking on Lorde's music though. Bruce Springsteen recently performed a cover of her other hit Royals at a concert in Auckland, New Zealand- a performance that Lorde said made her cry. Check it out at

Stream Foster the People's newest album before release

If you're a fan of Pumped Up Kicks, we have some good news. 

Foster the People's entire new album, Supermodel, is currently available to stream on iTunes.

In a mix of '80s synths and '60s psych, the band's sophomore album is rather catchy and comes just in time for summertime's sunny weather.

Head on over to iTunes for the stream, and don't hesitate because it won't be up for long. Supermodel drops March 18.

New Releases

Sara Evans: Slow Me Down - March 11

Aloe Blacc: Lift Your Spirit - March 11

Ellie Holcomb: As Sure as the Sun - March 11

Pharrell Williams: GIRL - March 3

Lea Michelle: Louder - March 4

Ashanti: Braveheart - March 4

Upcoming Releases

Foster the People: Supermodel - March 18

Various: The Muppets Most Wanted - March 18

MKTO: MKTO - April 1

Drake: X - May 5

And finally ...

We don't know much about Li-sa X, except that she's 8 years old and already melting fretboards and expectations for what a "girl guitarist" is considered.

Her blistering YouTube cover of Racer X's Scarified will inspire you - or potentially make you trash your guitar altogether.

Imagine what she'll be able to do when she turns 9.

What we're listening to

Paper Aeroplanes: Little Letters

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