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Taylor Swift earns $35 million in 2011, tops Lady Gaga, Bieber

Posted Mar 10, 2012 by Marcus Hondro
Taylor Swift lead all musical acts in earnings for 2011, a report from Billboard said on March 9, 2012. The 22-year-old country singer made a whopping 35 million bucks, much of it from sales of her album, 'Speak Now'.
American country music singer Taylor Swift
American country music singer Taylor Swift
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A large part of her earnings come from sales of that album - it alone sold 1.8 million copies - and her other recordings, from touring and from the royalties she receives from the many songs she's written. Last year she was 6th in earnings.
Lady Gaga lead in 2010 but this time around fell all the way to 4th place, with $25 million in earnings. That is, of course, a massive amount of money but her being that far down might be a surprise given that she released 'Born This Way' in 2011, and toured extensively.
Billboard: top 10 musical money makers
Coming in second overall on the Billboard list for 2011 was Irish band U2 with $32 million while another country singer, Kenny Chesney, was third with $29 million in total earnings. After Lady Gaga in fourth was Lil Wayne in fifth with $23 million.
The rest of the top ten are, from 6th through 10th, Sade, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Jason Aldean and Adele (making it despite cancelling live dates due to vocal surgery).
Every year it seems there are names you might think would be ranked lower - Celine Dion still in the top ten? - and others you might think would be higher. An example of a name you might think would finish higher is mega popstar Justin Bieber; the newly turned 18-year-old had a monster 2010, earning $22 million and finishing fifth in the list, while this year he finished 35th after earning, by comparison, a paltry $5 million.
It's the sixth time Billboard has published the list.