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Taylor Swift Made the BIG Bucks!

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
tops Billboard’s list of Top Music Money Makers of 2012 with a whopping $35,719,902. Taylor beat out Adele, Justin Bieber, and several other country hopefuls for the top spot. Where did these numbers come from? Well, it appears Billboard takes the matter very seriously. To see the specifics click here.

To provide a consistent snapshot of the top Money Makers’ earnings power, we focused exclusively on U.S. income sources, ranking artists based upon how much each of them earned in 2011 from a variety of income streams, including touring, recorded-music sales, publishing royalties and payments from an array of digital services. Our calculations were based on each artist’s U.S. net earnings, not gross revenue. Due to a lack of sufficient data, our figures do not include revenue from sponsorships, merchandise sales or synchronization deals.

Other country artists making the list are Kenny Chensey who came in 3rd with $29,837,103, Jason Aldean who made $13,409,011 and came in 9th, along with Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, and Sugarland.

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