If there's one thing aspiring musicians can learn from Taylor Swift, Billboard's Money Maker of the Year, it's to write your own songs.
The 22-year-old singer songwriter was crowned the top Money Maker of the year by the magazine's annual list, taking in more than $35.7 million in 2011.
The list was compiled from numbers related to concert grosses in the US, Nielsen SoundScan for album sales (physical, digital, digital tracks, ringtones), radio airplay, online streaming through programs like Spotify, video plays on YouTube and others.
Swift, who wrote all 14 tracks on Speak Now, sold more than 1.8 million units of the album. (Do the math).
According to Billboard, the country superstar's songwriting royalties, album sales and her high-grossing Speak Now world tour put Swift some $3 million ahead of second place Money Makers, U2.
The Money Makers list of 40 also includes Grammy winner Adele (#10), The Beatles (#24) and last year's top spot holder Lady Gaga, who drops to #4 this year.
Boy bands old (New Kids on the Block) and not-so-old (Backstreet Boys) came in at #36 and #33, respectively, while the Glee cast just missed the top 10 with $12.5 million in earnings last year.
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For the complete list, visit Billboard.com.