Taylor Swift named biggest earner for 2011 beating Lady Gaga, Adele and U2

High-visibility doesn’t always mean high profits.

Although it is surprising, country pop singer Taylor Swift beat Lady Gaga and Adele in being named as the top earner for 2011.    Album sales and pure profit when tallied, brought the singer to the top.  U2 is still up there taking the number 2 spot.  Swift earned her #1 spot on the list thanks to reported earnings of $35.7 million in the 2011 calendar year. Those earnings came from a combination of revenue from the quadruple-platinum-plus sales of Speak Now and its accompanying tour, which grossed $88.5 million in the U.S. alone.

Here are the TOP 10 earners of 2011:

The top ten biggest money makers in music 2011, according to Billboard:

1. Taylor Swift – $35.7 million (£22.5 million)

2. U2 – $32.2 million (£20.5 million)

3. Kenny Chesney – $29.8 million (£19 million)

4. Lady Gaga – $25.3 million (£16.1 million)

5. Lil Wayne – $23.2 million (£14.8 million)

6. Sade – $16.4 million (£10.5 million)

7. Bon Jovi – $15.8 million (£10 million)

8. Celine Dion – $14.3 million (£9.1 million)

9. Jason Aldean – $13.4 million (£8.6 million)

10. Adele – $13.1 million (£8.4 million)

via Metro.co.uk

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