March 29, 2017 | Updated at 12:54 PM EDT The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

Britney Spears, Taylor Swift Are Top-Earning Women in Music

Pop star Britney Spears edged past Taylor Swift to claim the title of top-earning woman in music after bringing in an estimated $58 million from her album, endorsements and a perfume in the past year, Forbes said on Wednesday.

Reuters on Dec 13, 2012 10:05 AM EST
facebook tweet this pin it reddit plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
Judge Britney Spears poses at the party for the television series "The X Factor" finalists in Los Angeles, California November 5, 2012.
Judge Britney Spears poses at the party for the television series "The X Factor" finalists in Los Angeles, California November 5, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop star Britney Spears edged past Taylor Swift to claim the title of top-earning woman in music after bringing in an estimated $58 million from her album, endorsements and a perfume in the past year, Forbes said on Wednesday.

Country-pop singer Swift, 22, was a close second with an estimated $57 million paycheck thanks to her tour - which made more than $1 million each night - a contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, her own line of fragrances and her new album "Red."

R&B star Rihanna, 24, earned an estimated $53 million to put her at No. 3, two places up from last year, followed by Lady Gaga, 26, who slipped from No. 1 in 2011 to fourth place with $52 million.

Katy Perry, 28, the only musician other than Michael Jackson to produce five No. 1 hit singles from one album, rounded out the top five with about $45 million in earnings.

"I think people love the comeback story - Britney never really finished her run as a superstar," Steve Stoute, marketing expert and author of "The Tanning of America" told Forbes.

Spears, 31, who was No. 10 last year, earned most of her money from her latest album "Femme Fatale" and her tour, according to Forbes, which compiled the list with estimated earnings from May 2011 to May 2012.

In September, Spears became a judge on the reality TV singing show "The X Factor," reportedly for $15 million.

Despite their huge incomes, only eight of the top women music earners were among the 25 best-paid musicians, which Forbes attributes in part to career breaks to have children.

Madonna made the list in ninth place with an estimated $30 million in earnings, which did not include profits from her latest tour because it was outside the time period considered for the ranking.

Forbes compiled the list after estimating pretax income based on record sales, touring information merchandise sales and interviews with concert promoters, lawyers and managers.

The full list can be found at http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2012/12/12/the-top-earning-women-in-music-2012/ 

© 2017 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

  • SEARCH ENSTARS

Latest News

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Could Face Jail Time In Brazil After 2013 Graffiti Incident

Justin Bieber may face jail time in Brazil as prosecutors have reportedly opened the case against the singer regarding the November 2013 graffiti incident

2016 American Music Awards - Show

Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey Argument Has Taken A New Turn; Rapper Reported Going After Pop Diva’s Former Husband Nick Cannon

Nicki Minaj’s interest on Nick Cannon should be the last thing on Mariah Carey’s mind right now.

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Prince Harry Might Avoid to Visit Zermatt After Prince William’s ‘Old-School Moves’ in Verbier

Prince William’s party night might affect Prince Harry’s trip to Zermatt for a ski adventure.

Destiny 2

Destiny 2 Officially Announced, Funny Teaser Trailer Hints at Lighter Tone

The new trailer, titled “Last Call,” seems to hint at an entirely different mood for the upcoming sequel.

The Last of Us Part 2 Reveal Trailer - PSX 2016

'The Last of Us Part 2,' Fan Theories Insist Joel's Death? Here's What We Know So Far

Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us Part 2" is yet to be fully unveiled, which teases fans even more.

Real Time Analytics