Monday, March 19, 2012

Taylor Swift Tops Billboard's Top 40 Money Makers List!

Taylor Swift topped the Billboard Top 40 Money Makers list of 2012, earning a reported $35.7 million dollars in 2011. The magazine attributed her touring, which pulled in $29 million, and songwriting to her success. U2 was in second with $32 million. Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and Little Wayne rounded out the top five.

The rest of the top ten include Sade, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Jason Aldean, and Adele.

Billboard based the list based on U.S. income sources from publishing royalties and album and tours sales.

The complete list of Billboard's Top Money Makers of 2012 is below.

1. Taylor Swift: $35.7 million
2. U2: $32.1 million
3. Kenny Chesney: $29.8 million
4. Lady Gaga: $25.3 million
5. Lil Wayne: $23.1 million
6. Bon Jovi: $19.8 million
7. Sade: $16.3 million
8. Celine Dion: $14.2 million
9. Jason Aldean: $13.4 million
10. Adele: $13 million
11. "Glee" Cast: $12.6 million
12. Journey: $12.3 million
13. Elton John: $11.9 million
14. Katy Perry: $12 million
15. Toby Keith: $10.4 million
16. Britney Spears: $10.1 million
17. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: $10 million
18. Rascal Flatts: $9.6 million
19. Tim McGraw: $9.3 million
20. Michael Buble: $9 million
21. Brad Paisley: $8.6 million
22. Rihanna: $7.7 million
23. Enrique Iglesias: $7.5 million
24. The Beatles: $6.7 million
25. Paul McCartney: $6.7 million
26. Lady Antebellum: $6.7 million
27. Keith Urban: $6.6 million
28. Zac Brown Band: $6.5 million
29. Rod Stewart: $6.4 million
30. Usher: $6.3 million
31. Foo Fighters: $6 million
32. Rush: $5.8 million
33. Backstreet Boys: $5.7 million
34. Sugarland: $5.6 million
35. Justin Bieber: $5.5 million
36. New Kids on the Block: $5.5 million
37. Steely Dan: $5.4 million
38. Motley Crue: $5.4 million
39. Kanye West: $5.4 million
40. Linkin Park: $5.2 million


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