Taylor Swift and Adele Are 2015's Queens of Music Publishing

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Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb. 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

As part of Billboard's annual Moneymakers ranking of music's top earning artists, we are breaking out the Top 10 in four revenue stream sources: Sales, Publishing, Streaming and Touring.

Publishing is the long tail of record industry revenues, giving a steady stream of income to songwriters with a golden touch. This year's top-earning artist, Taylor Swift, can certainly claim that gift.

This article originally appeared in the May 14 issue of Billboard.