Britney Spears Is The Highest Paid ‘Woman In Music’ Of 2012


Britney Spears enjoyed a very successful, very lucrative year this year. According to the Forbes magazine list of the highest paid Women In Music, our dear Britney came in at #1 by raking in $58 million bucks. I, personally, think Brit Brit is worth way more than $58 mil but there’s always next year, right? Read on to hear just how lucrative a year Britney enjoyed in 2012 :D

Britney Spears earned over $50 million in 2010—$64 million, to be exact. This year, she might describe her financial gains with the words to one of her best-known songs: “Oops! I did it again.” The 31-year-old pop star pulled in $58 million over the past year, more than any other woman in the music industry. Her latest album, Femme Fatale, was certified platinum in the U.S. and the ensuing tour accounted for the bulk of her bucks. Endorsements and a fragrance line with Elizabeth Arden added millions more to her coffers. Not too bad, considering Spears’ troubles just a few years ago. “I think people love the comeback story—Britney never really finished her run as a superstar,” says marketing guru Steve Stoute, author of The Tanning of America. Adds music attorney Lori Landew, who helped sign Spears to her first record deal as a teenager: “Britney has an electricity that connects with audiences on screen and off, and it is that intangible quality that always seems to leave her fans, old and new, breathless.” Spears barely edged No. 2 Taylor Swift, who earned $57 million … Rihanna ranks third with $53 million. In addition to a heavy touring schedule and an impressive string of hits including “Diamonds” and “We Found Love,” she cashes in on endorsements with Vita Coco and Nivea, as well as fragrance Reb’l Fleur. No. 4 Lady Gaga follows closely with $52 million, also boosted by touring, record sales and her new perfume, Fame. Katy Perry rounds out the top five with $45 million … To form our list, we looked at income from record sales, touring, endorsements, merchandise sales and other ventures. The figures represent earnings from May 2011 to May 2012, before subtracting management fees, legal costs and taxes (which together can eat up the bulk of a big payday). The totals were compiled with the help of data from Pollstar, RIAA and others, in addition to interviews with managers, lawyers and concert promoters.

Yay! This is a great honor for Britney. It proves that she is not only a bankable artist but that she is still very much in BIG demand. Considering Beyoncé just scored a $50 million dollar deal with Pepsi, Britney will have to make a LOT of money next year to keep the crown but even if she doesn’t, who cares, she reigns supreme now :D Congrats Britney, you just keep makin’ that money!


  • ClaireMichelle

    And all is right with the music industry. ;) Queen Britney reigns supreme!

  • Sam

    Good for her. but seeing nurses and paramedics and teachers go on strike for better salaries just makes news like this make me sad :(

    • JeniLeeSK8

      I agree. I love Britney’s music and have since BOMT came out …but shouldnt the autotune machine be making a percentage of that? haha. And no entertainers should make that much money plain and simple.

    • ClaireMichelle

      I agree that teachers and the like should make more money, but you have to keep in mind that entertainers make other people lots of money because people buy their products etc. so they should make a good profit of what they are helping others earn. Like Britney should be making her share of money for the CDs she sells, which makes millions of dollars. I don’t know how to word this, I guess. Millions of people buy products made by one entertainer, which leads to them making insane amounts of money. But it is still an insane amount of money that no one should be making, really. I don’t know if that made any sense!

    • JeniLeeSK8

      Agreed ClaireMichelle – BUT why should we pay 10-20 dollars for a CD or 200 dollars for a concert ticket? If entertainers can make millions off of that then we are overpaying. It works both ways. We pay too high of a price so that these entertainers can make this money.

    • ClaireMichelle

      Oh, I totally agree. We spend too much money on entertainment. It always makes me feel bad when I know I’m paying someone more money when they don’t need it and I could really be spending it elsewhere. It’s my own fault, I know.

  • swile71

    Why does the poor girl look so scared in photos?

    • @swile71 — I don’t see fear, I see humility.

    • swile71

      Ahhhh, is that what that is? I do like that quality in her.

      Trent, thanks for another great year of your blog. I look forward to it daily. I hope you and yours have a great holiday.

    • @swile71 — I definitely see humility whenever she is praised by others. She gives that awkward “who me?” look and then seems immediately shy that people are praising her. It’s endearing, I think.

    • JCZ

      @Trent – I think you’ve hit the nail on the head perfectly. But the way she stands, comments on acts and just sits awkwardly in the chair, is not humility. Walking on stage to the whole house screaming her name, that is.

      I think we need to admit that Brit is not the same person after 2007. Her whole perspective on this industry, on the people running it, report on it and even on herself has taken a change. I think she is too scared to be on the show – I’d rather hear something SHE wants to say, not some rehearsed speech they did backstage – I’m sure she’ll sound less stupid. Whilst I still root for her, I’m done defending her actions, or lack thereof. And we all gotta admit, the success and impact of Brit’s Army is their willingness to defend to the very last breath.

      I just think if a 31 y.o with 15 years industry experience cannot act like she knows what she is doing on a scripted TV show where no musical performing is necessary, then they shouldn’t be doing the show, cause we all know Brit is the sweetest, but the weakest link.

      It’s not just that though, it’s her obvious disinterest in her career. Why would an artist who fought to ‘become a woman’ and let go her the good-girl image crafted for her, gradually created an album that allowed her to pull the strings (Britney > ITZ) just let it all go after Blackout? Sure she allowed her family to come in and get her healthy, her management to revive her career. Circus I can forgive, that was the… I can do this again. But FF was meant to the be the… I’ve done it, here it is, I am back. And to me it wasn’t. It was an album of non-stop dance and blissful pop thumping music that anyone can listen to whenever they want to dance or workout. But it lacked so much input and showed, I felt no connection to her vocals or lyrics or anything. Any wonder they auto-tuned 90% of the songs so noticeably.

      I don’t believe this “highest paid” thing because her tour gross was much less than usual. I agree she is back at the top where she belongs, but she has to prove it. And whilst we have Rihanna in her own rebel phase, Katy doing her rebound phase, Gaga in her identity crisis and realisation that not everyone loves her or is interested anymore and Kesha actually bringing out one of the best pop albums this year, they’re all still slaying it and proving themselves for what they have/are. If her new album is anything like FF – I honestly have to say I am done.

    • jj

      just stop being a fan then if you are done with her! dont make so many blah blah blah! you don’t even know what britney really feels… so stop liking her and go to rihanna kesha etc, but please dont be a fan again if britney ever go back to her old self again…as the quote: ‘you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best’