Britney Spears' comeback is complete. According to Forbes, Britney Spears is the highest paid woman in music in 2012.
The magazine reports that Spears raked in $58 million in 2012, solidifying her place at number one on Forbes' list of highest-paid women in music for 2012. Spears has earned $58 million in a variety of ways, from touring, endorsements, a fragrance line and a studio album. Her latest album, “Femme Fatale,” went platinum in America.
Spears is also a host on America's version of “The X Factor,” alongside Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato. According to E!, Spears is earning $15 million for her role in “The X Factor.”
While Spears tops the list of highest-paid women in music for this year, the 2011 holder of that title came in a close second. Taylor Swift pulled in $57 million in 2012. Swift's latest album, “Red,” has sold more than 1.2 million copies, reports Forbes. Swift also has lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl and Sony. Forbes says that Swift makes more than $1 million a night while on tour. With another big tour scheduled in 2013, expect Swift to be high up on the list next year.
The third highest-paid woman in music for 2012 was Rihanna, earning $53 million from touring and endorsements for Nivea and Vita Coco products, among others. Rihanna's latest album, “Unapologetic,” came out in November and Rihanna will be touring extensively throughout 2013.
Despite not releasing an album in 2012, Lady Gaga came is No. 4, earning $52 million. Lady Gaga started the Born This Way Ball tour overseas earlier this year and that tour will hit the United States in 2013. Katy Perry was the fifth highest-paid woman in music, earning $45 million off the strength of touring and hit singles.
Beyonce came in at number six, earning $40 million, notes Forbes. That's not bad for Beyonce, who took plenty of time off to care for her new daughter, Blue Ivy. Expect Beyonce to climb back up the charts in 2013 due in part to a $50 million Pepsi deal, reports Forbes. Adele was number seven, earning $35 million due in part to the 23 million copies of “21” that were sold.
Sade was in eighth place, earning $33 million. Madonna continues to be a dominant force in music, coming in at number nine, earning $30 million. Last, but certainly not least, Shakira rounded out the top 10, earning $20 million.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.