Swift tops Billboard list of 2011 money-makers
Taylor Swift is No. 1 again: The singer is the top act on Billboard’s money-makers list.
Miss Swift earned more than $35 million in 2011, according to the Billboard list released Friday. U2 were second with $32 million. Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne rounded out the top five.
Artists’ rankings were based on U.S. income sources from tours, albums sales and publishing royalties, according to the Associated Press. Billboard said in a press release that it didn’t factor in “sponsorships, merchandise sales or synchronization deals.”
Adele was 10th on the list. Though she canceled most of her 2011 U.S. tour because of issues with her vocal cords, her album “21” sold more than 5 million units in 2011.