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The 5 Highest Paid Women in Music

Rihanna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry
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So which ladies are earning the most money in music? Well Forbes has your top ten female earners for 2012 and here they are:


Britney Spears
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Britney Spears

$58 Million
 
 

The 31-year-old pop star tops our list of the top-earning women in music thanks to millions from touring, endorsements and a fragrance line with Elizabeth Arden. Her latest album, Femme Fatale, earned platinum certification in the U.S.

 
Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift

$57 Million
 
 

The country crossover star grossed over $1 million per night on the road this year, and also earns big from endorsements with the likes of CoverGirl and Sony. There's more cash on the way: her latest album, Red, moved 1.2 million units its opening week this fall, the best debut since 2002.

 
Rihanna
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Rihanna

$53 Million
 
 

The Barbados-born diva is one of the top earning women in music thanks to lucrative sidelines including endorsements with Vita Coco and Nivea, fragrance Reb'l Fleur and a heavy touring schedule.

 
Lady Gaga
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4

Lady Gaga

$52 Million
 
 

The Born This Way singer still makes plenty of money off of music sales, padding her coffers a new fragrance called Fame. Up next: more touring and perhaps a new album.

 
Katy Perry
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5

Katy Perry

$45 Million
 
 

The California Girl continues to garner considerable airplay and dollars. Her California Dreams Tour grossed nearly $60 million, and she's the only musician besides Michael Jackson to have five No. 1 singles from the same album.

 

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