Taylor Swift Tops Billboard’s 2012 Money Makers List; Beats Gaga and U2

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Taylor Swift is at the top of Billboard’s new Top 40 Money Makers in Music list for 2012.

The country singer superstar earned more than $35 million (from touring, album sales and royalties) last year to beat U2 ($32.1 million) and Kenny Chesney ($29.8 million).

2011′s #1, Lady Gaga, fell to fourth place in the new list with a still robust $25.4 million.

Lil Wayne rounds out the Top 5.

The figures do NOT factor in non-music revenue sources such as sponsorships and merchandise.

Despite medical issues derailing her slate of live performances, Adele managed to earn more than $13 million for the year, thanks to blockbuster sales from her “21″ album.

Check out the Top 10 List:

1. Taylor Swift – $35,719,902

2. U2 – $35,116,315

3. Kenny Chesney – $29,837,103

4. Lady Gaga – $25,353,039

5. Lil Wayne – $23,178,722

6. Sade – $16,382,809

7. Bon Jovi – $19,813,232

8. Celine Dion – $14,261,515

9. Jason Aldean – $13,409,011

10. Adele – $13,081,909

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