The Grammy Award-winning country music star Taylor Swift has topped Billboard's Top 40 Money Makers list of 2012. The 'Safe and Sound' singer reportedly earned a staggering $35.7 million in 2011. Notably, this earnings total is 17 per cent higher than the previous year's chart-topper, Lady GaGa.
2011 saw a resurgence in ticket sales for live concerts, which will have contributed to Swift's impressive earnings totals. Close behind her was the Irish rock band U2 with over $32 million and Kenny Chesney in third with $29 million. Taylor Swift's U.S. tour alone is thought to have netted her around $29 million, before it had even embarked on Asia and Europe. She heads a healthy list of country music stars occupying the Top 40 earners, demonstrating the enduring popularity of the genre in the United States. Fellow country music stars Jason Aldean, Tim Mcgraw and Toby Keith also found themselves in the Top 20