Taylor Swift beats U2, Lady Gaga, Adele to be named biggest earner of 2012

Country pop singer raked in over $35 million during 2011

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).

Lady Gaga was fourth with $25.3 million (£16.1 million), with rapper Lil Wayne in fifth place with $23.2 million (£14.8 million) and soul veteran Sade in sixth position with $16.4 million (£10.5 million).

Bon Jovi were seventh with $15.8 million (£10 million), with Celine Dion at eight with $14.3 million (£9.1 million), country singer Jason Aldean at nine with $13.4 million (£8.6 million) and Adele rounding off the Top 10 with $13.1 million (£8.4 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)