Taylor Swift is the only country artist to fall in the top 10 of Billboards Top Money Makers of 2011. Taylor came in at no. 6 with $20,730,431 earned last year. With the October release of third album “Speak Now,” which topped sales of 1 million units in its first week, the biggest debut ever for a studio album by a country artist. Taylow was named Nielsen SoundScan’s top-selling artist of 2010 based on her total album sales of 4.4 million. Those sales netted her about $7.4 million in royalties, not to mention significant publishing income. The 21-year-old singer/songwriter’s career sales now exceed 19 million albums and 33 million song downloads, making her the top-selling digital artist in history. Also a top concert draw, Swift racked up U.S. tour grosses of $30.8 million, netting her $10.4 million.
Taylor comes behind big-wigs such as Lady GaGa who topped the list with $30,556,342. Also in the top 10 are Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Dave Matthews, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, and The Black Eyed Peas.
Other country folks who made the top 40 list include Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Sugarland, and George Strait. You can see the full list here.
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