Swift: country's biggest money maker in '11
Friday, March 9, 2012
– Taylor Swift was country's leading money maker in 2011, according to Billboard. At $20.7 million, Swift was the sixth biggest of the year. Lady Gaga was first with more than $30.5 million.
Swift was aided by the release of "Speak Now," which resulted in $7.4 million in royalties. Her tour gross was $30.8 million, netting $10.4 million, according to Billboard.
The Eagles were eighth with $18.3 million with a tour that grossed $52 million.
Other country acts in the top 40 were:
12) Brad Paisley - $13,955,990
13) Carrie Underwood - $ 13,501,387
14) Tim McGraw - $13,494,734
16) Rascal Flatts - $11,958,021
21) Toby Keith - $9,872,996
24) Lady Antebellum - $9,161,199
29) Brooks & Dunn - $8,698,351
31) George Strait - $7,361,898
32) Reba McEntire - $7,199,374
39) Sugarland - $4,478,705
The figures are based on all earnings, including tours and CDs. The Billboard story said that the figures were considered "take-home pay. Net, not gross."
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