Britney Spears highest paid female musician of 2012

  • Pop star Britney Spears is the highest-earning female musician of 2012, according to Forbes.

    Although she didn't release any new music or tour this year, the 31-year-old made an estimated $58 million in the 12 months to May 2012 beating country singer Taylor Swift.

    In second place, Swift made around $57 million due to her tour.

    Lady Gaga, 2011's top earner, slipped to fourth with $52 million.

    A significant portion of Spears' income came from her stint as a judge on X Factor, reportedly worth $15 million.

    The bulk of her earnings came from her 2011 album, Femme Fatale, which went platinum in the US, and from her world tour between June and December 2011.

    Spears also made money from her popular perfume line with Elizabeth Arden and her endorsement deals.