2012 Top 10 Moneymakers in Music via Billboard



As the concert business rebounded in 2011, touring remained the biggest source of income for the top earners in the U.S. music business. Billboard’s sixth annual Money Makers ranking includes veteran road warriors U2, Kenny Chesney and Bon Jovi, as well as other artists emerging in recent years as A-list arena headliners, from Taylor Swift to Lady Gaga. But not all of the 40 artists on the Money Makers list relied heavily, if at all, on touring income.

To provide a consistent snapshot of the top Money Makers’ earnings power, Billboard 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. Billboards calculations were based on each artist’s U.S. net earnings, not gross revenue. Due to a lack of sufficient data, the figures do not include revenue from sponsorships, merchandise sales or synchronization deals.

Checkout the top 10 Music Moneymakers of 2012

1. Taylor Swift $35.7 million
2. U2 $32.1 million
3. Kenny Chesney $29.8 million
4. Lady Gaga $25.3 million
5. Lil Wayne $23 million
6. Sade $16.3 million
7. Bon Jovi $15.8 million
8. Celine Dion $14.2 million
9. Jason Adlean $13.4 million
10. Adele $13 million

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