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Taylor Swift, U2, Lady Gaga, Adele Among Billboard's Top 10 'Money Makers' of 2011

March 9, 2012

Rebecca Villaneda--HispanicBusiness

Taylor Swift rakes in  $35,719,902 in 2011.
Taylor Swift rakes in $35,719,902 in 2011.

Pop sensation Taylor Swift got the top spot in Billboard's Money Makers 2012.

Taylor Swift raked in $35,719,902 in 2011. In last year's list, Swift came in at No. 21 with $17,204,646.

The 22-year-old released her debut self-titled album in 2006.

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Here's what Billboard said about the Taylor Swift: "After wrapping the final leg of her Fearless tour, Taylor Swift's blockbuster success two years ago left music industry observers wondering what she could possibly do for an encore. The pop-country superstar answered them with her smash Speak Now album and accompanying tour, which jetted through Asia and Europe in addition to making its way across North America. Grossing $88.5 million in the U.S. alone, the tour netted Swift a remarkable $29.8 million. Honored as Billboard's Woman of the Year in December, she racked up U.S. album sales of 1.8 million units last year-led by booming business for late 2010's Speak Now, which sold 967,000 units and digital single track sales of 7.8 million. Songwriting royalties were another highly beneficial source of income, given that Swift wrote all 14 Speak Now tunes herself."

Here's who else made the Billboard list:

2. U2: $32,116,315

3. Kenny Chesney: $29,837,103

4. Lady Gaga: $25,353,039

5. Lil Wayne: $23,178,722

6. Sade: $16,382,809

7. Bon Jovi: $19,813,232

8. Celine Dion: $14,261,515

9. Jason Aldean: $13,409,011

10. Adele: $13,081,909

11. "Glee" Cast: $12,587,771

12. Journey: $12,313,822

13. Elton John: $11,973,990

14. Katy Perry: $11,969,426

15. Toby Keith: $10,413,127

16. Britney Spears: $10,090,973

17. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: $10,017,031

18. Rascal Flatts: $9,639,270

19. Tim McGraw: $9,335,258

20. Michael Bublé: $9,027,177

21. Brad Paisley: $8,602,374

22. Rihanna: $7,660,833

23. Enrique Iglesias: $7,448,670

24. The Beatles: $6,743,863

25. Paul McCartney: $6,726,519

26: Lady Antebellum: $6,676,450

27. Keith Urban: $6,579,695

28. Zac Brown Band: $6,481,564

29. Rod Stewart: $6,388,756

30. Usher: $6,292,586

31. Foo Fighters: $6,013,257

32. Rush: $5,819,304

33. Backstreet Boys: $5,712,050

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34. Sugarland: $5,632,406

35. Justin Bieber: $5,523,459

36. New Kids On The Block: $5,519,805

37. Steely Dan: $5,389,509

38. Mötley Crüe: $5,376,272

39. Kanye West: $5,363,661

40. Linkin Park: $5,190,655



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