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Taylor Swift beats Lady Gaga, Adele to be named biggest earner of 2012

According to NME Taylor Swift has been revealed as the biggest earner of 2011 by US music industry bible Billboard.

The country-pop singer raked in a colossal $35.7 million (£22.5 million) during 2011, including personal earnings of $29.8 million (£19 million) from her ‘Speak Now’ world tour.

U2, who completed their record breaking 360° world tour in the summer, were second with $32.2 million (£20.5 million), with country singer Kenny Chesney in third place with earnings of $29.8 million (£19 million).

Elton John, Katy Perry, the cast of Glee and Journey all narrowly missed out on the Top 10.

The Top 10 biggest earners of 2011 were as follows:

1. Taylor Swift – $35.7 million (£22.5 million)
2. U2 – $32.2 million (£20.5 million)
3. Kenny Chesney – $29.8 million (£19 million)
4. Lady Gaga – $25.3 million (£16.1 million)
5. Lil Wayne – $23.2 million (£14.8 million)
6. Sade – $16.4 million (£10.5 million)
7. Bon Jovi – $15.8 million (£10 million)
8. Celine Dion – $14.3 million (£9.1 million)
9. Jason Aldean – $13.4 million (£8.6 million)
10. Adele – $13.1 million (£8.4 million)

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