That's the big takeaway from Billboard's current cover story on Colorado-bred Ryan Tedder: He made $2.5 million in 2013 on royalties alone. The lion's share of it came from songwriting credits on songs performed by Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, The Fray (hey!) and his own band, OneRepublic.
The current cover of Billboard.
It's worth a read, but not because that sort of success says anything about the health of the music industry or that being from Colorado changes your chances at also making millions of dollars writing songs. Tedder's less an anomaly than he is (very talented) lottery winner. But the feature does offer interesting insight into the motivations and daily life of our resident pop kingmaker, as well as a preview of things to come.More »