Melbourne: Lady Gaga has been crowned the biggest-earning female artist of the year.
According to Forbes.com, the ‘Marry the Night’ singer’s earning was more than double of any other female pop stars over the past 12 months, raking in an impressive 90 million dollars in 2011, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Country singer Taylor Swift came in second with 45 million dollars with Katy Perry closely behind her with 44 million dollars.
Beyonce Knowles and Rihanna rounded off the top five, earning 35 million dollars and 29 million dollars respectively.
Gaga’s remarkable earnings were mainly due to her ‘Monster Ball’ tour, which grossed 1.3 million dollars a night as well as many endorsement deals, which included the likes of Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable and PlentyOfFish.com.
The earnings estimates were arrived with the help of data from Pollstar, RIAA and others, as well as extensive interviews with industry insiders including lawyers, managers, concert promoters, agents and, in some cases, the musicians themselves.
The totals encompass all pre-tax income earned from May 2010 to May 2011, before subtracting agent and manager fees.
The Top 10 of Forbes.com’s Top Earning Women in Music List:
1 - Lady Gaga
2 - Taylor Swift
3 - Katy Perry
4 - Beyonce Knowles
5 - Rihanna
6 - Pink
7 - Carrie Underwood
8 - Celine Dion
9 - Adele
10 = Alicia Keys
10 = Britney Spears