Swift Tops Billboard Money Makers List

Swift Tops Billboard Money Makers List

Swift Tops Billboard Money Makers List
GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift topped Billboard's 2012 Money Makers list with revenue of $35.7 million from touring, songwriting royalties and recorded music sales during the past calendar year. U2 placed second with $32.1 million and rounding out the top five were Kenny Chesney ($29.8 million,) Lady Gaga ($25.4 million) and Lil Wayne ($23.2 million). Other artists appearing on the list include Adele, Jason Aldean, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Journey, and Katy Perry, among others. (3/9)  

Jimmy Ellis Dies
GRAMMY winner Jimmy Ellis died March 8 in Rock Hill, S.C., following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 74. As lead singer for disco group the Trammps, Ellis notched a string of hits throughout the '70s, including "Disco Inferno," which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978, "Hold Back The Night" and "That's Where The Happy People Go." "Disco Inferno" appeared on the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, garnering the group their first and only GRAMMY for Album Of The Year in 1978. The following year, the Trammps released their final album, The Whole World's Dancing. The Trammps reformed in 2005 to perform "Disco Inferno" to commemorate the song's induction into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. Ellis continued to play with the Trammps until 2010. (3/9)     

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