|Sade is Britain's highest earning musician|
The soft jazz veteran of more than 25 years raked in $16.4million (£10.5m) last year after her first North America tour for a decade and the release of The Ultimate Collection.Sade came sixth in Billboard's list of high-earning musicians, eclipsing Adele, the only other Brit in the top 10, who earned $13.1m (£8.4m).
The shy 53-year-old Anglo-Nigerian is a singer/songwriter and frontwoman of the four-piece band of the same name.
Taylor Swift, topped the U.S. earnings list, according to trade publication Billboard, making $35.7m (£22.8m). Her earnings came in at 17 per cent higher than last year's top earner, Lady Gaga, who fell to fourth position this time around, earning $25.4m (£16.2m).
She was followed by Irish rockers U2 on $32.1m (£20.5m) and another country star, Kenny Chesney, who earned $29.8m (£19m).
Popular British bands such as Take That did not even feature, and The Beatles remain one of our best performing exports, coming in at No 24.