Britney Spears' Earnings: Tops Among Women in Music!

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Britney Spears' earnings edged Taylor Swift's to make her the top-earning woman in music over the past year by a whisker - and not strictly due to album sales.

Records, her X Factor gig, endorsements and a perfume line netted Britney Spears $58 million last year; Taylor was a close second with an estimated $57 million.

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A contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, her own line of fragrances, countless hit songs and massive celebrity gossip attention made 2012 Swift's year.

Rihanna earned an estimated $53 million to put her at No. 3, two spots up from last year, followed by Lady Gaga, who fell from No. 1 in 2011 with $52 million.

Katy Perry, the only musician other than Michael Jackson to produce five No. 1 hit singles from one album, rounded out the top five with about $45 million.

All impressive and younger, but none could top Britney Spears at the bank.

Spears, who was No. 10 last year, earned most of her money from her latest album Femme Fatale and her recent tour, plus a $15 million X Factor payday.

You can read the full list of high-earners compiled by Forbes.

Despite huge incomes, only eight of the top women were among the 25 best-paid musicians, attributed in part to career breaks to have children.

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Go Britney! I <3 U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How big is yer Penis?

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Go Britney I <3 U. How big is yer penis :)

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Who out there is keeping this dirty female so rich?? I do not know what people see in her. She looks like she needs a good Just goes hot bath, even when she's dressed up.

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hell yeah!!!!!! Britney show what you are made off gal!!!!! yeah

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Go Britney!

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Born
Birthplace
Kentwood, Louisiana
Full Name
Britney Jean Spears

Britney Spears Quotes

I miss it here so much! I love it so much! It makes me it's kinda like bittersweet coming here because I used to live here for two years. And when I come here, it's like, man, I wish I had my apartment here still.

Britney Spears [on New York City]

MTV has long played an important role in my career. How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs?

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