Swift tops Bill­board list of 2011 money-mak­ers

The Washington Times Daily - - Life -

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.

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