The entertainment world is extremely competitive, so it’s very difficult to make any real money from it. However, for a talented, hard-working and very lucky few, the music industry can be a seriously lucrative business. Recently Forbes brought out a list of this year’s highest earning women in music; read on to find out who tops the list.

10 – Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

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You may have thought that this pop princess has been flying a little low under the radar recently. You’d be right; her most recent music releases haven’t exactly been huge hits. However, she has still managed to earn a whopping $20 million this year, mostly from her long-term residency in Las Vegas. This earns her a reported half a million per show.

09 – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

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In the past, Lady Gaga’s name has appeared much higher on this list. However, her most recent album hasn’t been as successful as her first albums – as a result, she has only earned $30 million this year. She may not be one of the highest names on this list, but she is one of the most influential!

08 – Celine Dion

Celine Dion

Celine Dion

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Celine Dion’s most famous song entitled My Heart Will Go On may have come out with the movie Titanic 17 years ago, but she’s still one of the ten most highly paid women in music, which is testament to her talent. Her earnings of $36 million this year alone are down to her regular shows in Las Vegas, as well as other shows around the world.

07 – Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

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Former childhood star Miley Cyrus has rarely been out of the media spotlight over the last few years. As a result, she has been raking it in – $36 million have found their way into her back pocket this year. Much of this can be put down to her most recent album and tour.

06 – Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

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J-Lo has had a brilliant year! After returning to her seat as a judge on American Idol, releasing a new album and featuring on the official song of this year’s FIFA World Cup, she has made a staggering $37 million in the space of a year.

05 – Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

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Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Katy Perry is one of the biggest names in the world right now – not just in the music biz. A large portion of her $40 million earnings this year has come from playing at private events rather than public ones. In addition, she has built a career for herself by being the face of several brands, as well as releasing her own fragrance, which has all contributed to her massive success.

04 – Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna

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Rihanna is the ultimate popstar. Since the release of her first song almost ten years ago, she has churned out hit after hit. Her incredible successes with tracks such as Diamonds have earned her $48 million over the past year.

03 – Pink

Pink

Pink

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You might be surprised to see Pink’s name taking the third spot on this list of most highly paid women in music. After all, she has neither courted the media, nor has she released a high-profile album recently. However, she has been touring – 85 gigs have contributed to her yearly earnings of $52 million.

02 – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift is having her biggest and best year to date; she’s seen $64 million come her way. This isn’t surprising, really, when you consider that her latest album sold 1 million copies in its first week alone. Aside from that, this country-turned-pop singer has enjoyed touring, live performances and brand endorsements. Is there nothing this girl can’t do?

01 – Beyoncé

Beyonce

Beyonce

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Topping the list of most highly paid women in music is none other than Beyoncé herself. She has enjoyed the highest earning year of her career – she’s rolling in $115 million after a busy year of touring. During this time she earned an average of $2.4 million per city. It’s quite clear to see that she really is ‘Queen B’!

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