Taylor Swift Leads Billboard's 2012 Top 40 Money Makers -- See the Full List
Taylor Swift Leads Billboard's 2012 Top 40 Money Makers -- See the Full List

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Michael Bublé

It was a very merry holiday season for Michael Bublé, whose Christmas album quickly became the No. 2 best-selling album of 2011, moving 2.4 million copies in its first five weeks. That hot streak, coupled with continued strong action with his catalog (particularly 2009's Crazy Love), helped him sell nearly 3 million albums total and an additional 1.3 million tracks during the entire year. A June swing through North America made up the bulk of his 2011 touring, with grosses of $11.1 million, of which Bublé netted $3.7 million. Endorsement deals with Beringer Vineyards and Target, a prime-time NBC Christmas special and high-profile appearances on "Saturday Night Live," "Today" and "60 Minutes" all helped further promote the Canadian artist.
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Tim McGraw

It's highly unlikely Tim McGraw will release new music through longtime label home Curb Music, since he recently won a court decision that effectively closed any obligations to the label. But he sure moved a lot of music on his way out the door. The delayed release of Emotional Traffic, out in January, was offset by a wealth of compilations in the marketplace, and McGraw sold more than 770,000 albums (mostly physical units) in 2011. His touring clout has also been trending upward, which helps direct interest to his catalog of hits, the result being 2.5 million digital track downloads last year. These days, McGraw is a branding/merchandising powerhouse and, lest we forget, a multifaceted artist who also has a healthy film career.
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Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts switched labels and management companies but continued to post stellar numbers in 2011. Nothing Like This, the band's first album for Big Machine Records after a decade with now-defunct Lyric Street Records, was released Nov. 16, 2010, and sold 499,000 units and 1.8 million tracks in the following year. The album's second single, "I Won't Let Go," spent 22 weeks on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and peaked at No. 2. "Easy," featuring Natasha Bedingfield, peaked at No. 3 on Hot Country Songs after a 25-week stay. The Nothing Like This tour continued into 2011 and was followed in the summer by the Flatts Fest trek, with the back-to-back outings helping Rascal Flatts gross $21.8 million in ticket sales.
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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Recent Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Bob Seger earned the majority of his revenue in 2011 on the road, but the legendary artist made a significant leap into the digital music space by allowing some of the band's live and greatest-hits albums to be sold on iTunes. The September announcement of Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's iTunes debut coincided with the group announcing dates for the second leg of its 2011 tour, which no doubt helped raise awareness of the trek. Grossing $25.4 million from 32 U.S. arena concerts and attracting more than 354,000 fans, Seger sold 70,000 albums digitally and 630,000 overall in 2011. His Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets, released last November, sold 185,000 copies, but his biggest seller last year was a 1994 greatest-hits album (191,000). The latter is one of the top-selling hits sets of the Nielsen SoundScan era.
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Britney Spears

While Britney Spears' seventh album, the chart-topping Femme Fatale, was released in March 2011, she spent the latter half of the year earning most of her millions. The Live Nation-sponsored Femme Fatale tour, her first concert endeavor in nearly two years, kicked off stateside in June, with Nicki Minaj in tow for North American dates. The elaborately staged trek wrapped six months later, after visiting four continents for nearly 80 shows and culminating with revenue of $21.7 million. While Spears earned $7.3 million for her half-year on the road, her 2011 album sales of 883,000 were fueled by three Femme Fatale singles, including the No. 1 "Hold It Against Me."
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Toby Keith

Country music mega-star Toby Keith secured a spot on the Money Makers list with his Locked & Loaded tour that grossed more than $24 million. Sponsored by Ford, it included dates in 40-plus U.S. cities and a European leg that wrapped in Berlin last November. During a year that saw the singer lauded as both artist of the decade by the American Country Music Awards and the highest-paid country star by Forbes, Keith released Clancy's Tavern, which topped Billboard's country albums chart. Tavern has sold more than 336,000 copies, with the album's singles including country chart-topper "Made in America" and "Red Solo Cup," the latter crossing over and reaching No. 17 on the pop chart-Keith's biggest hit to date on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Katy Perry

In 2011, Katy Perry tied Michael Jackson's record by scoring five No. 1 singles from one album, 2010's Teenage Dream, with such songs as "E.T." and "Firework." Not surprisingly, the radio ruler's digital track sales soared above her fellow pop phenoms: With 15.2 million units moved, Perry bested Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Rihanna in the category. Meanwhile, the singer's California Dreams world tour kept Perry on the road for most of 2011, grossing $19.5 million domestically and netting her $6.6 million. Perry also raised her visibility at the multiplex (with a voice spot in "The Smurfs"), on the small screen (with appearances on "How I Met Your Mother" and "American Idol") and at awards ceremonies (with a performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards and a video of the year win at MTV's Video Music Awards). Perry has already started off strong in 2012: "Part of Me," the lead single to her Teenage Dream reissue (due March 27), became the 20th song to debut atop the Hot 100 in the chart's history.
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Elton John

Elton John returned to Las Vegas in 2011 and performed 16 of his "Million Dollar Piano" shows before heading to Russia and Australia. His Colosseum at Caesars Palace residency accounted for a third of his concert grosses, which hit $32.5 million and a personal take of $11 million. A summer tour of Europe, scattered U.S. dates and the soundtrack to his animated "Gnomeo & Juliet" dominated John's activity prior to setting up shop in Vegas, while "The Union," Cameron Crowe's documentary about John's collaboration with Leon Russell, debuted in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. Concert income was significant for John in 2011 as sales of his recordings dipped: Physical album sales were 254,000 units, while digital album and single track sales were 148,000 each. John also contributed music to "Billy Elliot: The Musical," and though the Broadway stand ended in January 2012, road versions continued in other territories around the world.
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Journey

Through the revival of 1981 anthem "Don't Stop Believin'" on "Glee" and "Big Brother," combined with the arrival of vocalist Arnel Pineda, 2011 proved another stellar year as Journey toured Latin and South America and played 50 shows in the United States. The latter concerts represented a step up in venue size to include arenas and the Hollywood Bowl along with the traditional amphitheaters, fairgrounds and casinos. Touring in support of Eclipse, the band netted $9.9 million from domestic dates while continuing to be a significant player at retail with sales of 703,000 physical albums. Recognizing the group's longevity on the concert stage, band founder Neal Schon and longtime members Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory and Deen Castronovo were honored with the Legend of Live Award at the Billboard Touring Awards in November.
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"Glee" Cast

The cast of Fox's "Glee" won't tour this year, but the TV musical troupe made a splash in 2011, grossing nearly $22 million from 23 U.S. arena concerts that attracted nearly 266,000 fans. That number helped the Glee Live! In Concert! outing rank 16th on Billboard's top 25 highest-grossing tours of 2011. The "Glee" cast also scored at retail, selling 2.1 million albums during the year. The cast released six albums in 2011; the biggest of them all (Glee: The Music, Volume 5) sold 318,000 copies. In February 2011, the show's cast reached another milestone by beating the record set by Elvis Presley for the most singles simultaneously appearing on the Billboard Hot 100. Online, the "Glee" cast sold 13.6 million downloads in 2011.
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