Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content
Oscars 2017
Everything you need to knowDon't Miss It


Britney Spears is Forbes' highest earning female musician

Posted on

Fox's "The X-Factor" Finalists Party - Arrivals

After a few missteps, Britney Spears is officially back in the running for the title of queen of pop. The songstress is this year’s highest-earning woman in the music industry, according to Forbes.

The pop star earned $58 million between May 2011 and May 2012, thanks to her Femme Fatale platinum album and tour, as well as side endorsements and a fragrance line.

Spears barely edged out Taylor Swift, who reeled in $57 million. The breakup queen’s financial success can be attributed to her recent tour, which grossed over $1 million per night. Like Spears, she also banked on endorsements with CoverGirl and Sony.

Rihanna ranks third with $53 million (that can buy her a whole lot of diamonds), while Lady Gaga trails closely behind with $52 million (that can buy her a whole lot of raw meat). Katy Perry rounds out the top five with $45 million.

Here’s Forbes’ full list, which includes new moms Beyoncé and Adele, list staple Madonna, and surprise contender Sade.

1. Britney Spears: $58 million

2. Taylor Swift: $57 million

3. Rihanna: $53 million

4. Lady Gaga: $52 million

5. Katy Perry: $45 million

6. Beyoncé: $40 million

7. Adele: $35 million

8. Sade: $33 million

9. Madonna: $30 million

10. Shakira: $20 million

Read more:

Eddie Murphy tops Forbes list of most overpaid actors

Elizabeth Taylor beats Michael Jackson for title of highest-earning dead celebrity

Oprah’s still the highest-paid woman in entertainment — but maybe not for long