Britney Spears earnings reach $58 million, leads Forbes’ Top Earning Women in Music list for 2012

By on Dec 13, 2012 in Entertainment, Finance, Music Comments

Britney Spears‘ earnings over the past year reached $58 million, making her the number 1 in ForbesTop Earning Women in Music list for 2012. Taylor Swift landed second, Rihanna as third, followed by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry for the fourth and fifth, respectively.

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Britney Spears on X Factor USA audition
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According to a post at this Wednesday, December 12, 2012, Britney Spears‘ seventh studio album Femme Fatale, which was released on March 25, 2011, was certified platinum in the U.S. The said album and the Femme Fatale Tour, and other endorsements were a big factor for her big earnings.

Last May, Spears, 31, who earned $64 million back in 2010, confirmed that she will be one of the new X Factor USA judges with a reported salary of $15 million. She recently confirmed her engagement with long-time boyfriend Jason Trawick, and is reportedly starting to work on her eighth studio album.

As noted by Forbes, their data was based on the income from record sales, concert tours, product endorsements, merchandise sales, and other ventures from May 2011 to May 2012, excluding taxes, management fees, and legal costs. Jennifer Lopez is not included in this list and fell on the “Personalities” category.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift reportedly earned a total of $57 million, including her earning from her Speak Now World Tour, which is a support for her third studio album ‘Speak Now.’ Her lucrative endorsements with Sony and CoverGirl were also noted to be a big factor for her big earnings.

On the other hand, Rihanna earned $53 million, Lady Gaga had $52 million, and Katy Perry made $45 million. Other female singers who landed in ForbesTop 10 Earning Women in Music in 2012 are Beyonce, $40 million; Adele, $35 million; Sade, $33 million; Madonna, $30 million; and Shakira, $20 million.

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