Taylor Swift Is Billboard's Top Money Maker of 2011
Posted on Fri Mar 9, 2012 12:40 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Taylor Swift, 22, is #1 on Billboard's "Money Makers" list for 2011, having earned $35 million last year.
U2 came in second with $32 million and Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne round out the top 5.
The ranking is based on income from US tours, album sales and publishing royalties. Billboard says they don't factor in "sponsorships, merchandise sales or synchronization deals."
Adele was tenth on the list even after cancelling her US tour after vocal cord surgery.
Since Swift's album 21 hit stores last year, it has sold nearly 8 million copies.