Lady Gaga is the top earning female music artist for 2011, according to Forbes.com.
Lady Gaga is the top earning female music artist for 2011, according to Forbes.com. Bang ShowBiz

Gaga is highest-earning female singer

LADY Gaga has topped this year's Top Earning Women in Music List.

According to Forbes.com, the 'Marry the Night' singer earned more than double of any other female pop stars over the past 12 months, raking in an impressive $US90 million (AUD90.99 million) in 2011.

Country singer Taylor Swift was second with $US45 million (AUD45.5 million) with Katy Perry closely behind her on $44 million (AUD44.48 million). Beyonce Knowles and Rihanna finished off the top five, earning $35 million (AUD35.38 million) and $29 million (AUD 29.32 million) respectively.

Gaga's impressive earnings were mainly down to her 'Monster Ball' tour, which grossed $1.3 million (AUD1.31 million) a night as well as many endorsement deals, which include the likes of Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable and PlentyOfFish.com.

The earnings estimates were compiled 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.

Other stars in the top 10 include British star Adele - who has had worldwide success with her album '21' - Alicia Keys and Pink.

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