[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lady Gaga[/lastfm] is probably going to have to dedicate an entire room to the awards and accolades that she has received since crashing onto the scene just a few years ago.
This year, she tops Forbes list for highest earning women musicians. Between May 2010 and May 2011, the measuring period for the publication’s numbers, Mother Monster pulled in an astounding 90 million dollars. And not one cent of that includes sales from her Born This Way album because it was released too late in May to count.
Other AMP artists make the list but the closest competitor only made half of Gaga’s earnings for the year.
Coming in at a not even close second is teen sensation, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Taylor Swift[/lastfm], who earned an impressive 45 million during the evaluation period. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Katy Perry[/lastfm] comes in at No. 3 with 44 million.
Much of her earnings came from her near constant touring during the year, Gaga spent much of her year on the road with the Monster Ball concert and album sales for The Fame Monster, which is 5-time platinum and counting.
[photogallerylink id=132223 align=left]Both [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beyonce[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rihanna[/lastfm] have had outstanding years as well topping off the top 5 for the year. And while [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Adele[/lastfm] is near the bottom at No. 9 with only 18 million, expect a much more productive year for the Brit next time around because her album had only been on sale for 5 months when counting ended for the year. Since May of this year, Adele’s breakout album, 21, has literally exploded into the mainstream and assured her a position in the hall of fame of pop music.
Forbes divulged their counting methodology so we’d better understand their numbers, “Our numbers encompass all pretax income earned from May 2010 to May 2011, before subtracting agent and manager fees. The totals 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.”
Basically, don’t expect Gaga to be holding 90-mil walking into a mall or anything. These numbers are before taxes, fees, etc. Still, all of these stars did pretty well for themselves. Unfortunately, however, only 5 of the women on this list were among the top 25 musician earnings, which include 13 male acts and 7 bands. Just saying.