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!