Billboard Lists Top 40 Money Makers of 2012 – Where do Justin Bieber & Taylor Swift Fall?

March 9, 2012

Taylor Swift performs in a glittering gold frock at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan

Who raked in the big bucks in the world of music in 2012?

Billboard.com has released its annual list of the top 40 Money Makers in the music biz and can you guess who reigns supreme? None other than Taylor Swift!

Adele also had a big year thanks to the success of her album, 21, but something a tad surprising is that Justin Bieber isn’t that high on the list. Don’t worry though, he still had a great 2011 but his placement is probably due to the lack of touring. Country artists are definitely dominating the list though.

So who all made the list? Take a look below!

40. Linkin Park – $5,190,655
39. Kanye West – $5,363,661
38. Motley Crue – $5,376,272
37. Steely Dan – $5,389,509
36. New Kids on the Block – $5,519,805
35. Justin Bieber – $5,523,459
34. Sugarland – $5,632,406
33. Backstreet Boys – $5,712,050
32. Rush – $5,819,304
31. Foo Fighters – $6,013,257
30. Usher – $6,292,586
29. Rod Stewart – $6,388,756
28. Zac Brown Band – $6,481,564
27. Keith Urban – $6,579,695
26. Lady Antebellum – $6,676,450
25. Paul McCartney – $6,726,519
24. The Beatles – $6,743,863
23. Enrique Iglesias – $7,448,670
22. Rihanna – $7,660,833
21. Brad Paisley – $8,602,374
20. Michael Buble – $9,027,177
19. Tim McGraw – $9,335,258
18. Rascal Flatts – $9,639,270
17. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – $10,017,031
16. Britney Spears – $10,090,973
15. Toby Keith – $10,413,127
14. Katy Perry – $11,969,426
13. Elton John – $11,973,990
12. Journey – $12,313,822
11. “Glee” Cast – $12,587,771
10. Adele – $13,081,909
9. Jason Aldean – $13,409,011
8. Celine Dion – $14,261,515
7. Bon Jovi – $19,813,232
6. Sade – $16,382,809
5. Lil Wayne – $23,178,722
4. Lady Gaga – $25,353,039
3. Kenny Chesney – $29,837,103
2. U2 – $32,116,315
1. Taylor Swift – $35,719,902

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2 Responses to “Billboard Lists Top 40 Money Makers of 2012 – Where do Justin Bieber & Taylor Swift Fall?”

  1. Da'ad Says:

    I wish Selena Gomez was #1 too bad

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  2. Definately not a Swift fan, but satisfied.......I guess. Says:

    GO COUNTRY MUSIC!!!!! Not a fan of either Justin or Taylor, but many other of my faves are up there!!!!! Yipee!!!!!!! (And boo for those who didn’t make it….ahem. RPattz, KStew, and Taylor L. Just saying.)

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