Whether you love them or hate them, there is no escaping Pop’s latest gang of female contenders. From Lady GaGa to Alicia Keys, Beyonce to Rihanna, the last year has seen a number of the world’s most celebrated femme fatales rake in the millions from album sales, touring revenue and in some cases lucrative endorsement deals.
Now peep Forbes official list for for the music industry’s top-earning female artists in 2011, below…
1. Lady Gaga – $90 million
2. Taylor Swift – $45 million
3. Katy Perry – $44 million
4. Beyonce – $35 million
5. Rihanna – $29 million
6. Pink – $22 million
7. Carrie Underwood – $20 million
8. Celine Dion – $19 million
9. Adele – $18 million
10. Alicia Keys/Britney Spears – $10 million
For those wondering why Adele isn’t higher up in this list (with the sales of ’21‘ and all), that is because this list only took account earnings made between May 2010 to May 2011 and as the performer did not receive her royalties from the LP within this period, they were not counted.
It is also important to note that while all 11 ladies will be sure to enjoy a bulk of what they made, the size of that bulk will vary according to who that lady is.
For, Rihanna‘s arrangement with her management and label sees a portion of her finances used to fund her music videos, albums and the like thus which is why she at times struggled to make Forbes’ annual list in the past.
On the other hand, the likes of Lady GaGa, Taylor Swift , Celine Dion and Beyonce will always earn big as their names can be found on the credits for the majority if not all of their releases, thus providing a guaranteed source of income regardless of how much or how little those projects go onto sell.
Well done to all.