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The Top-Earning Women in Music


The relentless list makers at have put out a list of The Top-Earning Women in Music, and BRITNEY SPEARS came out on top, with an estimated $58 million.  Unfortunately, that's not an up-to-date number.  For whatever reason, all of's lists cover the year between May of 2011 and this past May.  So even though they're just releasing this list now, it's actually old data.

Here are the 10 Top-Earning Women In Music, along with the money they made from things like:  Album and merchandise sales, licensing fees, publishing royalties, endorsements, and of course touring:

1.)  Britney Spears, $58 million

2.)  Taylor Swift, $57 million . . . (That doesn't include album sales for "Red", which debuted in October with the best sales week of the past 10 years.)

3.)  Rihanna, $53 million

4.)  Lady Gaga, $52 million

5.)  Katy Perry, $45 million

6.)  Beyoncé, $40 million . . . (She'll be higher on this list next year because of her recently announced $50 million deal with Pepsi.)

7.)  Adele, $35 million

8.)  Sade, $33 million

9.)  Madonna, $30 million . . . (Here's another example of how the data is out of date.  Madonna's current tour happened after the measurement period, so she'd be much higher on this list if it were included.)

10.)  Shakira, $20million


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