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Taylor Swift Tops All Music Money Makers in 2011

Swifty takes in $35.7 million last year, topping U2, Lady Gaga and Lil' Wayne.

Critics can sometimes be "Mean," but music fans just love Taylor Swift—and they're putting their money where their mouths are.

Taylor took in $35.7 million, most of that in net profits from her Speak Now Tour, billboard.com reports. The album of the same name sold nearly 1 million copies last year, with another 7.8 million in digital single tracks. Oh, and did we mention Taylor wrote all the tracks on that album?

But Taylor's not the only country act in the top 10.

Kenny Chesney came in at No. 3, with $29.8 million, again mostly from touring after he stayed off the road for most of 2010.

And Jason Aldean finished at No. 9, with $13.4 million, again with most of the money—$9.1 million—coming from concert profits. It didn't hurt that he sold 1.6 million copies of his My Kinda Party album, with another 5 million-plus in single track sales.

The rest of the top 10: U2 at No. 2, with $32.1 million; Lady Gaga at No. 4, with $25.3 million; Lil' Wayne at No. 5 with $23.2 million; Sade at No. 6, with $16.4 million; Bon Jovi at No. 7, with $19.8 million; Celine Dion at No. 8, with $14.2 million; and British rocker Adele at No. 10, with $13 million.

 

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