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Taylor Swift Tops Billboard’s Top 40 Money Makers List for 2012

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Taylor Swift in Vogue

Country-pop crooner Taylor Swift brought in over $35.7 million over the past year, catapulting her to the top of Billboard’s Top 40 Money Makers list for 2012. Following Swift are U2, who earned $32.1 million last year, Kenny Chesney, who brought in $29.8 million, Lady Gaga, who commanded $25.3 million, and Lil’ Wayne, who netted $23.1 million.

Swift’s commercial success came largely from her Speak Now tour, which accounted for $29.8 million of her net income. The tour’s gross sales, according to Billboard, were $88.5 million gross just in the U.S.

Rounding out the top 10 are, in order, Sade, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Jason Aldean and Adele. Are you surprised that Taylor Swift is the year’s top-earning musician?