Nashville’s Taylor Swift Leads Billboards 2012 Top Music Business Money Makers
Hurray for Taylor Swift for topping the list of music makers in 2011. Those of us who ran into her early thought she had something special. But this special? The unknown teenager we produced a demo and provided co-writing for in 2004 has come a long way from her lyrics to an entertainment powerhouse in a very short time!
From a Billboard report: As the concert business rebounded in 2011, touring remained the biggest source of income for the top earners in the U.S. music business. Billboards sixth annual Money Makers ranking includes veteran road warriors U2, Kenny Chesney and Bon Jovi, as well as other artists emerging in recent years as A-list arena headliners, from Taylor Swift to Lady Gaga.
Country artists had another banner year, occupying 11 of the 40 slots on the list, with Swift surpassing all with U.S. earnings of $35.7 million, 17% more than the take-home pay of last year’s top-earner, Lady Gaga.