Billboard has named the musical artist who was the No. 1 money maker for 2011. Was it Adele, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, U2 or Lil Wayne?
Billboard said the No. 1 money maker made about $35 million last year. Not bad for a 22-year-old country-pop singer named Taylor Swift.
According to a Reuters article about Swift’s accomplishment, "Swift sold more than 1.8 million copies of her albums in the U.S. in 2011, led by 2010’s ‘Speak Now,’ which sold 967,000 copies. The singer also has dominated digital singles charts, selling 7.8 million digital tracks last year. The country songstress paired her ‘Speak Now’ album with a worldwide tour of 89 shows in 2011, grossing $88.5 million in the U.S. alone, and making a profit of $29.8 million.
"Swift has also become a branding powerhouse, with her own management company and lucrative contracts with companies such as Covergirl. She also launched her own perfume, Wonderstruck."
According to a CBS/AP report, "U2 was second on Billboard’s 2011 list with $32 million, followed by Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne. Rounding out the top 10 were Sade, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Jason Aldean and Adele."